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1  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Lev Knipper Ballet "The Beautiful Angara" (1962) on: July 14, 2017, 10:42:51 am
It's a shame no-one writes ballet scores these days. If there's a new ballet, the music is some wildly inappropriate pre-existing piece of music.
2  Various / Miscellany / Re: What are the most annoying things about modern composers? on: July 10, 2017, 10:26:48 pm
It's the same with poetry. I am fond of a remark by Ezra Pound: "Messages are for Western Union". The answer to the question, "What is it about?" should be along the lines of, "It just is".

One composer I knew so hated supplying programme notes that he occasionally asked me to write absurdist parodies of the genre, which probably baffled the audiences.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Swaps and Gifts / Re: LPs are rubbish on: July 06, 2017, 10:17:14 am
I see ads for specialist buyers who will take your whole collection.
4  Various / Miscellany / Re: What are the most annoying things about modern composers? on: July 06, 2017, 10:05:45 am
Since both composers were speaking on air, repartee would have been fruitless. In the second case, the composer was doing a pre-concert talk about the BBC commission she'd been given. She started by saying something about how her first concern was about how she was going to invent a new musical language for this piece. The result, I have to say, was as dull as a wet Wednesday in Wishaw.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Broadcast videos / Re: E. Carter - Concerto for French Horn and orchestra (2007) on: July 05, 2017, 10:19:04 am
True, but when you have people who call a cor anglais an "English horn", and a saxophone a "horn", adding the "French" might be necessary.

Personally, I appreciate Carter's achievement, but I can't like his music. Nothing to do with modernism; I'm a great admirer of James Dillon, for instance. It's just taste.
6  About music in general / Members' own compositions / Re: Links to Music on Soundcloud on: July 05, 2017, 10:13:25 am
Sixty symphonies? You are catching up to Derek Bourgeois! Listening to #11 as I type.
7  Various / Miscellany / Re: What are the most annoying things about modern composers? on: July 05, 2017, 10:05:30 am
Here are two annoyances:

Composers who claim that nothing more can be done with tonality because so many composers have used it in the past, so that it is now exhausted. You might as well say that no more poetry can be written in English for the same reason. It just shows a lack of imagination.

Composers who claim to "reinvent musical language" with every new piece. For crying out loud!

I think you are onto something.  Tonality lives - those who deny it are probably lazy
Leaving aside the fact that "tonality" is not so much a finite phenomenon as a matter of degree, I don't imagine that anyone would deny that it lives, whatever kind of music they might write and/or listen to; likewise, I've yet to encounter a composer who would claim either "that nothing more can be done with tonality because so many composers have used it in the past, so that it is now exhausted" or "to 'reinvent musical language' with every new piece"

Sorry, I have heard both those opinions expressed. I can't give you names. In one case, a composer said (on air) that using tonality was like taking a bath in someone else's bathwater.

I also remember attending the premier of a work by James Macmillan and sitting alongside two other composers. One of them exclaimed in a tone of horror, "He's abandoned modernism!"
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Jacques Charpentier (1933-2017) on: July 05, 2017, 09:59:21 am
I remember many years ago meeting with someone who was at that time well-kennt in the Scottish music scene; I had just bought an LP of some of Charpentier's music and I happened to mention it.

Him: Which Charpentier?
Me: Jaques.
Him: You mean Gustave.
Me: No, Jaques.
Him: You must be mistaken. There is only Mark-Antoine and Gustave.
Me: No, this is Jaques Charpentier.

I must see if I still have that LP.
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Lyrita futures on: June 30, 2017, 12:07:05 pm
And I see the early broadcasts of George Lloyd 6 & 7 are scheduled for the autumn...

Do we need those on a mono CD when there are good studio stereo recordings?
10  Little-known music of all eras / Downloads discussion / Liechtenstein composer(s) on: June 27, 2017, 05:07:25 pm
This thread added to carry on the discussion wrongly in the Downloads section ...

Besides the organ concertos of Rheinberger, one should not neglect his solo organ music. All 20 of his organ sonatas have now been recorded on CD by Wolfgang Rübsam for Naxos. I have a rather interesting book on those sonatas. It is called "The Organ Works of Rheinberger" by Harvey Grace, published by Novello in 1920 (first edition, followed by 15 more until 1932). My copy seems to be the first edition, as there is no mention of previous editions, but it is undated. I see I paid £5 for it, and its previous owner was a resident of Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, but his signature is illegible. It looks like "AEW Macors".

Grace's take on the sonatas is very much from the point of view of the practicing organist; it is full of recommendations as to which movements can be abstracted from their context and played in a liturgical setting.
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Alun Hoddinott Symphonies on Lyrita ?? on: June 25, 2017, 10:08:57 am
I'm not familiar with the Hoddinott symphonies at all, but I believe I have the complete piano sonatas on CD. There's also a very nice CD set of the complete Jones string quartets, which my wife bought for me. Well, I suppose it's cheaper to record sonatas and quartets than orchestral works.
12  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Truly Bizarre behavior at Unsung Composers on: June 23, 2017, 06:21:21 pm
I think I may have you all beat in terms of an experience at Unsung Composers.  A user named semiloh started a thread about me on  UC.  I am a composer.  And this Howe character absolutely went nuts.  Even if I tried to post within the scope of what "Emperor Alan" supposedly said the scope was I got nothing but rude and condescending remarks.  Know nothing about Howe but suspect that he may be typical of that ilk.  A person with a musical degree and no talent to compose.  I have almost no formal training, so I annoy people like Howe .  Will be happy to share where my music can be heard if anyone is curious

I think I heard that he is a school teacher. I very much doubt that he has a musical degree. His technical knowledge seems rather limited.
13  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Ongoing CPO projects. on: June 23, 2017, 06:16:42 pm
Salamanov is one composer who needs modern recordings of his symphonies. Thankfully his string quartets have a good modern performance in the catalogue.

Agreed!
14  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: June 20, 2017, 07:56:12 pm
She is his daughter in law - Gwydion Brooke's widow.

I think that's what I meant ...  Grin
15  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: June 19, 2017, 11:18:23 am
How interesting! Is she his niece?
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