Monday, January 15, 2018
Classical music of the past 100 years  1918-1927
1918 Langgaard - Music of the Spheres
1919 Milhaud - Le boeuf sur le toit
1920 Hába - String quartet 2
1921 Varese - Americas
1922 Warlock - The curlew
1923 Honegger - Pacific 231
1924 Respighi - Pines of Rome
1925 Roussel - Serenade for flute, string trio, and harp
1926 Jongen - Symphonie concertante
1927 Mosolov - Iron foundry
A nice mixture to start, with some works you probably know or at least have heard of (the symphonic poems by Honegger and Respighi, the modernist ballet by Milhaud). The others are well worth exploring too. Langgaard's innovative masterpiece is a tour de force, requiring an orchestra, choir, organ, a "distant" orchestra, and a soprano soloist. Hába's string quartet is an early example of his modern microtonal music. Varèse's work adds 11 percussionists and sirens to a typical large romantic orchestra. Warlock's enchanting song cycle with chamber music accompaniment is a personal favourite of mine. The Roussel chamber music piece is typical French elegance. In contrast, the two final pieces will blow you away. Jongen's work for organ and orchestra rivals Saint-Saens' third symphony for the most impressive composition which combines these two elements, and Mosolov's piece is the prime example of Soviet futurist music.
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