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1  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / London concert of piano music by Dave Smith on: March 15, 2018, 07:07:54 am
A shameless plug for a concert of piano music composed and performed by Dave Smith.
On Saturday 7th April 6.30 pm at Schotts music publishers - 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB.

Programme includes a substantial new piece - The Myth of Sisyphus - as well as And with thy daring folly burn the world, 3 Kerala song arrangements, Instant Coma, Ethical Libertarian Scholars and Number Sevenís done a Runner.
Not an attempt to get all the bizarrely titled pieces in one concert .
2  Various / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: September 24, 2017, 03:45:37 pm
England
3  About music in general / Individual composers / Re: Penderecki Symphony no 6 on: September 18, 2017, 11:37:39 am
According to the present Schotts journal, it is to be performed in Guangzhou on 24th September.
It consists of 8 songs on Chinese textsseparated by solo intermezzos played on the erhu.
Honest!
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: first twelve-tone technique compositions? on: July 27, 2017, 12:12:56 pm
This may be of interest

https://ianpace.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/yefim-golyshev-arnold-schoenberg-and-the-origins-of-twelve-tone-music/
5  Little-known music of all eras / Notice of interesting concerts around the world / Re: Sorabji: Opus Clavicembalisticum on: May 18, 2017, 03:46:19 pm
I attended the Oxford performance also and mighty impressive it was too.
As before, Jonathan put a great deal of effort making the fugues sound persuasive, particularly successfully with regard to the last one. The opening was certainly fast, approaching Yonty Solomon tempo - I rather like that approach. Also memorable was the Fantasia - which had never particularly struck me before. Most memorable of all was the brief Quasi Tambura section in the Passacaglia which featured an unusual and most extraordinary piano sound.

Not only was the page turner excellent, but he stood for the whole performance!
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Women Composers on: March 29, 2017, 12:13:16 am
Interesting that we seem to have many different preferences.
I'm surprised to see only one reference to Lili Boulanger.

I'd add Mildred Couper (a pre-WW2 microtonalist), Sophie-Carmen (Sonia) Eckhardt-Gramatte (much interesting solo violin and solo piano music), Ruth Crawford and Johanna Beyer (pre-WW2 American pioneer/experimentalists), Rebecca Clarke (impressive post-romantic Brit) and Carla Bley (yes, the jazzer, a most original jazz composer).
7  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: Modern theremin (& orchestra) work ! on: January 27, 2017, 07:37:09 pm
they used the theremin in the music shortly after the Beach Boys used it in "Good Vibrations"...

A pedant writes . . .

Urban myth!

http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2013/02/07/171385175/no-it-wasn-t-a-theremin-on-good-vibrations-remembering-paul-tanner
8  Little-known music of all eras / Youtube performances / Re: who is this? on: January 27, 2017, 07:33:16 pm
It's the last half of 4th July (Holidays Symphony).
9  About music in general / The listener / Re: What are you listening to today? on: December 27, 2016, 10:52:42 am
just arrived in the post... Langgaard's controversial Music of the Spheres....

Mmm...delightful;will go with that, then Joep Franssens 'Harmony of the Spheres'.     Any other contenders in this section ?

Johanna Beyer's Music of the spheres (1938)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opCPWvliSE0
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Shirley Walker on: December 24, 2016, 02:42:59 pm
http://walker.cinemusic.net/news.html

Is this the website you found?

Clicking on "about Shirley" reveals

Commissions:
"Spring Hodgepodge in four movements",
Commissioned by Gerry Aster and Dorothy W. Carlson, MD for for Pacific Serenades
World Premiere April 13, 2002

Not clear if that's a "standard orchestral work".
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Four Saints in Three Acts on: December 18, 2016, 05:22:30 pm
I suspect Gauk may be thinking of music that does appear in the Opera (albeit, perhaps, not exactly as remembered) but to differing lyrics. 

Most unlikely. Gauk has just listened to the opera and didn't hear the tune which he recalls pretty vividly.

Gauk - 4 Saints was broadcast on Radio 3 on 1st September 1983: could this have been the broadcast you heard?
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/radio3/1983-09-01 - unfortunately I can't seem to get this link to work . . .
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Four Saints in Three Acts on: December 18, 2016, 12:01:03 pm
Thomson did compose another (later) opera with libretto by Gertrude Stein entitled The mother of us all. Given that they were good friends, one supposes that other settings of Stein's words were made. I did check a couple of worklists (he wrote a surprising amount), but they weren't informative enough.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Four Saints in Three Acts on: December 16, 2016, 07:56:13 pm
There's a 1947 recording at http://www.kpfahistory.info/music/4_saints.html 

I don't know how complete it is (I hardly know the work myself).

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=LT4NrEo440AC&pg=PR52&lpg=PR52&dq=four+saints+in+three+acts+1947+rca+victor&source=bl&ots=4sC1BojqDI&sig=qNXy4DCJLQQ0MkLc2ksdiyV2cjU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKzp-RvvnQAhVGBsAKHUk2AGMQ6AEIJDAD#v=onepage&q=four%20saints%20in%20three%20acts%201947%20rca%20victor&f=false

seems to indicate a history of cuts + more cuts . . .
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Is Ernest Bloch a Swiss composer or American composer? on: December 12, 2016, 06:30:51 pm
Whichever criteria one attempts to use difficulties occur.

I regard Bloch as Swiss: Varese, Carlos Salzedo and Dane Rudhyar as American for no better reason that their music seems more readily linked to that of the so-called American "Pioneers" (Ives, Ruggles, Cowell, Crawford et al) than European models. Doesn't really make sense, I suppose.

Added to which, someone will point out that Bloch has a connection with both Ornstein (love of octatonicism) and Antheil whom he taught: compare the beginning of Bloch's 1st violin sonata with early 1920s Antheil . . .

At least the way Stern plays it . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROQjrhDYDRo
15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Sir Michael Tippett's Symphony in B flat on: November 29, 2016, 12:22:55 am
Just a whisker after the 1930s, since you ask! Hope that helps!

Cor!  Must be Geoffrey Burgon!
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