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1  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: British and Irish Music on: June 23, 2018, 01:24:07 am
I really enjoyed the Joubert Piano Concerto, such a fine composer.  Anyone who enjoys Walton, Daniel Jones, Malcolm Arnold, or George Lloyd will find much to enjoy with this composer.  Thanks for the upload.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Wolfgang Gabriel (*1930): Violin concerto op.17 (1971) on: June 22, 2018, 01:04:34 am
Wolfgang Gabriel (*1930) is a renowned Austrian composer and conductor. Many of his compositions are published and were performed, but his Violin concerto op.17 from 1971 remained in manuscript. But the composer kindly granted permission to me to typeset the manuscript and publish the score through my website. Therefore I am happy to announce the free publication of the full score of the Violin concerto. It can be downloaded in pdf-format from my website:


www.tobias-broeker.de


Here is a short biography about Wolfgang Gabriel:

Wolfgang Gabriel was born on 9 June 1930 in Vienna (Austria). He grew up in a musically interested home, his father could play the piano and they often performed family music. So he also started to play the piano at the age of 6 and his first own compositions date from that time as well. Wolfgang Gabriel received regular piano lessons - in his last school year from Hans Sittner - and finished school in 1948. Already a year earlier he had started to study music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky (Kapellmeisterschule), Alfred Uhl (composition) and Grete Hinterhofer (piano). He completed his studies in 1952 and graduated with distinction in music theory and Kapellmeisterschule.

In 1954 Wolfgang Gabriel first worked as a repetiteur and lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in 1974 he was appointed professor and directed an opera class in his last years until his retirement in 1996. In addition Wolfgang Gabriel became the principal conductor of the Akademischer Orchesterverein, one of the time-honoured non-professional orchestras in Vienna, in 1960 and directed this ensemble for nearly 50 years. And in 1988 he also took over the position of chorus master at the Bachgemeinde Wien. Beyond that Wolfgang Gabriel worked as a lieder accompanist from time to time.

Beside his diverse activities as a conductor Wolfgang Gabriel also composed music throughout his lifetime. His work catalogue contains 9 concertos for orchestra, 3 concertos for chamber ensembles, 9 string quartets, 3 wind quintets, solo concertos for piano, oboe, violin, viola, cello and double bass, chamber works for manifold instrumentations, 9 song cycles and much more. In his compositions Wolfgang Gabriel uses twelve-tone rows, but always based on the key tone and therefore as a means to an end, not as an ideology.
In 2005 Wolfgang Gabriel was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art I. Class.
After two strokes in 2010 Wolfgang Gabriel had to quit his conducting activities and now focuses on composing.

Would love to hear it even if it is just a mockup.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Kevin Puts - Symphony No. 2 and Rivers Rush from Cabrillo Festival (2002, 2003) on: June 13, 2018, 03:01:18 pm
I found this on the Cabrillo Festival website which regularly performs Kevin Puts' music and find this performance of Symphony No. 2 (Marin Alsop/Cabrillo Festival Orchestra) more intense and raw than the same conductor with the Peabody Orchestra on Naxos.

http://cabrillomusic.org/kevin-puts-work-samples/

I was in the audience for this recorded performance and at around twelve minutes in we were entirely spellbound by the gradually unfolding cacophony that culminated with these devastating crunches in the pedal bass trombone register which you could feel hit you like a concussion grenade.  Listen to this music very loud so it approximates the live experience where the chaotic moments are truly terrifying and the still moments mesmerizing.  Unfortunately, these recordings are MP3 so lose some frequencies and presence that is truly in the music.
4  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Aaron Gage Symphonic poem on: June 11, 2018, 01:01:22 am
Very Russian and worth watching for.  He is a student of Kevin Puts which we've discussed in another thread as a very fine composer and teacher.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Kalevi Aho Piano Concerto No.1 and Timpani Concerto on: June 09, 2018, 02:21:42 am
You obviously have the advantage over me; the cd is not released in the UK until 29 June.

Touché because I am missing out on a concert I would certainly attend if I lived in the UK that happened today and envy my UK friends who have the opportunity to attend. 
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Kalevi Aho Piano Concerto No.1 and Timpani Concerto on: June 09, 2018, 02:11:06 am
It's a very fine release and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Full of imaginative colors, drama, and well thought out structure.  I very much love this composer.  For those who haven't heard his music, it is hard to describe except to say there is some early Rautavaara (who was also strongly influenced by Sibelius, Shostakovitch, and Mahler) but still very unique.  I have not heard a single work from any of these composers I did not enjoy or at the very least find very finely written.  Aho is also active on social media and I've been lucky to have many exchanges with him.  He told me about his Symphony No. 17 before it was composed or announced for example.  I wish him much further productivity and success.  I am a big fan.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: Swedish Music on: June 05, 2018, 01:17:55 am
Gunnar Bucht, an important Swedish Composer, but little known outside that country, wrote his 17th symphony last year.

I posted three of his other compositions, all radio recordings, in the Swedish Donload Section.

Hopr you like them too.



I really liked these works.  Thanks for posting.  All of them were interesting contemporary works that are routed in tradition.  I wish I understood the texts behind them more because it seems to be specifically influenced by the German composers (Beethoven/Mahler, etc).  Either way, a very fine composer and I very much enjoyed the two hours of music I listened to of his tonight.  Thank you.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: June 05, 2018, 01:03:05 am
Puts is also a very good public representative of contemporary music.  The public adores him and he is frequently commissioned by patrons.  Despite his academic skills (he has a doctorate in composition and studied at the finest music conservatories in America), he is tall and athletic and friendly.  Basically, doesn't fit the old loner weirdo stereotypes of what some think a composer would be.  I've been fortunate to hang out with him on occasions including rehearsals of some of his premieres.  We went for a walk after the rehearsal and he had absolutely no ego, was fully curious in my musical experiences and very engaging.  I'm a huge fan of the person as well as the music he creates.  I met him for the first time back in 2002 when he was quite unknown but his music was searing and powerfully moving.  Marin Alsop was a huge fan of his already and he taught at the school I graduated from.  He was quite young (I believe 30 years old back then) and brilliant and I love everything he's written. 

Great to read - thanks for sharing. I heard Puts’ Lento assai for string quartet (based on the slow movement of Beethoven’s op. 135) performed live a couple years ago - a very moving work. I see he has written a cello concerto which I’d very much like to hear!

I really think this very much sums him up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRSGjUC10kY

He understands students need to demonstrate technique but ultimately, your music really has to communicate directly and powerfully...genuinely and without compromise.  There might be a musical trend that everyone else is doing but that might not be true to you and you can't speak with that voice with honesty and authenticity that you will pursue and invest in.  With Puts, he is one of those voices that is very sincere and doesn't follow the trends.  He made me much more comfortable in my own voice just by how authentic he is being and his positive feedback towards my own music was so rewarding.  And the audiences just adore him.  I've heard him at concerts that included multiple living composers and the reception he gets is off the charts positive.  I'm not talking about him now as a famous Pulitzer prize winning composer but 15 years ago when only his music represented him.  Immediately long standing ovations that were very sincere with loads of people waiting to meet him sort of stuff.  He eclipsed the others every time he had a work performed.  On top of that, he is a great guy and without ego.  I wish I studied under him but we're the same age so he was at my uni after I had already graduated.  Now he is faculty at Peabody along with Chris Rouse.  Keep him on your watch list.  I love all he has done.  "Credo" for string quartet is so beautiful. 
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: "War Symphonies" on: May 24, 2018, 01:00:48 am
Tikhon Khrennikov Jr
"Stalingrad Symphony"Premiere:
https://www.kp.ru/daily/26827.4/3866550/

I really enjoyed listening to this composers Cello Concerto just now.  Very lyrical and finely crafted.  The excerpts of his Stalingrad symphony were also very good.  A composer to keep an eye on.
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: "War Symphonies" on: May 23, 2018, 03:39:13 pm
Tikhon Khrennikov Jr
"Stalingrad Symphony"Premiere:
https://www.kp.ru/daily/26827.4/3866550/

That's very cool.  So Tikhon Khrennikov, Jr is the grandson of the soviet era composer and Gabriel Prokofiev is grandson of Sergei Prokofiev and also a composer.  Now we need Dmitri Shostakovich Jr. to pick up the pen and become a composer then we can have a redo of the 1948 denunciation.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: May 23, 2018, 03:30:00 pm
Listening, in considerable astonishment, to Kevin Puts's Second Symphony it occurs to me that if the composer had produced this in the early 60s in an American university music school he would have suffered the same fate as Arnold Rosner. His teachers would have utterly rejected the music as unacceptably over-emotional with a ridiculously old-fashioned approach to an outmoded reliance on beauty of utterance.

How the world has changed that music like this is performed by a music conservatory orchestra under a leading conductor when the music of those who condemned and rejected Rosner is, if not forgotten, no longer the Only acceptable music permitted a hearing!!

....and Puts is chair of the Peabody composition faculty rather than being driven into suburban New York obscurity (like Rosner)

My deepest thanks for bringing it to my attention! This is what participation in a music forum is for!!

Puts is also a very good public representative of contemporary music.  The public adores him and he is frequently commissioned by patrons.  Despite his academic skills (he has a doctorate in composition and studied at the finest music conservatories in America), he is tall and athletic and friendly.  Basically, doesn't fit the old loner weirdo stereotypes of what some think a composer would be.  I've been fortunate to hang out with him on occasions including rehearsals of some of his premieres.  We went for a walk after the rehearsal and he had absolutely no ego, was fully curious in my musical experiences and very engaging.  I'm a huge fan of the person as well as the music he creates.  I met him for the first time back in 2002 when he was quite unknown but his music was searing and powerfully moving.  Marin Alsop was a huge fan of his already and he taught at the school I graduated from.  He was quite young (I believe 30 years old back then) and brilliant and I love everything he's written. 
12  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Re: United States Music on: May 22, 2018, 03:43:13 pm
Thank you Latvian!  I am very excited to have these works I have been looking for for many years!   Grin
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: May 17, 2018, 12:50:38 am
Yes, I do have the Rouse Organ Concerto. Please give me some time to work on this, but I will gladly upload all the requests when I can -- I've been having severe problems with my laptop.

Awesome!  Waiting patiently  Grin 
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: May 15, 2018, 01:21:23 am
Your lists are invariably useful and interesting, Colin. It's great that you codify and disseminate what more often that not are random observations kicking around in the back of some of our minds! While I'm a completist at heart as well and would love to see many of these works recorded and more widely available in good sound and performances, I can at least offer forum members an opportunity to hear some of the works mentioned in your list and by others in this thread, that are not already here in our Downloads folder.

I have live performances of Kevin Puts' Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 and will be happy to upload them here if there's interest. I like his music and am glad that he's been getting more exposure in recent years. I believe I also have Tomas Svoboda's 4th & 6th Symphonies and Rouse's 5th Symphony.

On the matter of withdrawn symphonies, there is a private recording of Persichetti's First Symphony, in a rehearsal reading with Howard Hanson and his Eastman students. Let's also remember that Diamond wrote an early, withdrawn symphony, which is on YT.

While I try very hard to be fair, open-minded and judicious in my comments on most music and musicians, I regret that Roy Harris' 13th Symphony strikes me as an embarrassment richly deserving its oblivion. I say this having great respect for Harris' music in general and fondness for many of his works. I suppose that a more professional performance than the one on YT might possibly present the work in a better light, but I'm not sure there's much there worth salvaging regardless of the quality of the performance or recording. After hearing all the other Harris symphonies and wondering why the 13th hadn't surfaced, when it finally did the reason was quite obvious, disappointingly so.

Wow, a treasure trove!  Please upload Kevin Puts' symphony No. 1.  I have Marin Alsop's fantastic west coast premiere with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra that I was present at of No. 2.  I also want Tomas Svoboda's 4th and 6th, and Rouse's 5th.  Coincidentally, I am listening to his No. 4 at this very moment.  I would also love Rouse's Organ Concerto which I heard live by the LA Phil and it was fantastic if you have it. 
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: (Some) Twentieth Century American Symphonies Not on CD (again!) on: May 12, 2018, 12:57:33 am
This is an interesting thread. The later symphonies of Roy Harris interest me as do those of David Diamond. I'm looking forward to receiving his Sixth Symphony soon. I had a very nice email exchange with Arnold Rosner and was very sad to hear that he had passed away recently. I have enjoyed the releases featuring his music on Naxos. I'm tempted by Harbison's 4th Symphony, soon to be released on Naxox. I guess that even if Idont appreciate I'll hear another version of Ruggles's 'Sun Treader' which I've always liked. For me the most seriously under-recorded American composer is Ronald Lo Presti. The only thing I can find on CD is the powerful and moving 'The Masks' and I've heard some of his other works, including his tribute to practitioner Kennedy, which I found very moving.

I too like Ronald LoPresti.  His symphonies are available on youtube however I think the point of this thread is more about symphonies not commercially available on CD even if they can be heard.  I find him to remind me of Ralph Vaughan Williams and some early Stravinsky.  There is a near quote of The Rite of Spring in his Symphony No. 1 second movement.  Sad he died so young. 
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