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31  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: British Piano Concertos, 1919- on: March 12, 2016, 12:26:34 pm
1963:  John White

In five movements, accompanied by a large chamber group of 19 players. The performance (18/10/63) attracted one of the composer’s favourite reviews:-
"Given a sound thrashing by Nadia Boulanger, Litolff might have written this work – and similarly chastened, Mr White would have done better. But for an RCM professor to publicise this pot-pourri of feeble tunes, fidgety harmonies and rambling, purposeless key-changes, even if unprecedented, will never do.”
(Edmund Tracey – Times Higher Educational Supplement, 25/10/63)


 



32  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: The Great American Piano Sonata on: February 29, 2016, 06:56:51 pm
suppose you were a US concert pianist, and you wanted to specialise in American piano music, what would you play?

Here's one such person - and mighty good she is too!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_Oppens

Off at a tangent, this has revealed that she has recorded the Artur Schnabel violin sonata with Paul Zukofsky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_alhwz3MC2k&index=4&list=PLGoAh-uCHSIO50RRcAO5j5Azy46v4s_2s
Schnabel's a pretty interesting composer, by the way.
33  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: British Composers by year of birth, 1860-1939 on: February 28, 2016, 10:56:42 pm
Alistair - I think . . . give it a rest!
34  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Contemporary British Composers on: February 27, 2016, 09:03:47 am
Well, yes. 20th and 21st century composers might have been a more apt title: "contemporary" implies they are still alive. Or young. The pedant in me regrets that a composer who died yesterday has ceased to be "contemporary".
35  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Contemporary British Composers on: February 21, 2016, 11:23:28 pm
1936 Cornelius Cardew; John White
1937 David Bedford
1938 Michael Parsons
36  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: The Great American Piano Sonata on: February 19, 2016, 08:37:02 am
I guess Truscott’s 22 and Hoddinott’s 13 are the major most recent British cycles. Bax and Bridge stand out for me, but does anyone actually play them?

Apologies for off-topicness, but I would say that John White's 177 is the major British cycle. I played five of them myself a couple of weeks ago. Jonathan Powell plays many of them (another of his CDs of them is imminent). He also plays the Bax and Bridge, the latter in London a few months back.
37  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: The Great American Piano Sonata on: February 18, 2016, 06:20:17 am
There's plenty of Ives besides the Concord. How about Gershwin, Cage (not just for prepared piano), Feldman, Ruth Crawford, Dane Rudhyar . . . Yes, there's tons of Cowell.
Composer-pianists? Those still with us include Rzewski and Riley.

Adams, anyone? (Not for me). Wuorinen? Noooooo!

38  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Concerts / London concert in honour of Tilbury and White on: December 23, 2015, 10:04:37 am
A shameless plug for a concert I'm doing at 6.30 pm on Friday 29th January
at Schotts recital room, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB

It's in honour of John Tilbury and John White (both born 1936)

Programme to include

Cornelius Cardew - A law of history
Dave Smith - Stuck with Robert, Zytnia, Kübler and Koblet, I fought a monster today
John Tilbury - 3 Beatles arrangements
John White - Sonatas nos 78, 100, 111, 135 + 136
39  ARCHIVED TOPICS / Theory and tradition / Re: Will the turn ever return? on: September 28, 2015, 08:48:59 pm
A modern example - sort of . . .

Opening of the Inspector Montalbano theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lNsc0zqxC0

Not its classical usage, of course.
40  ARCHIVED TOPICS / Theory and tradition / Re: What is Your Favorite Key Signature? on: September 28, 2015, 08:43:39 pm
I don't have one. Should I?

As a man who knows his piano music, it wouldn't be C major, would it?

G# minor?
41  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: What are the most annoying things about modern composers? on: September 07, 2015, 09:03:06 pm
How so?
42  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: What are the most annoying things about modern composers? on: September 06, 2015, 11:31:14 am
In which case, this may be of interest to you:-

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Uploaded on May 3, 2010
In this 1937 silent home movie, mostly shot by Gershwin himself, can be seen Arnold Schoenberg, and his wife Gertrud, Gertruds brother Rudi Kolisch (of the Kolisch string quartet) and Doris Vidor and a few brief glimpses of Gershwin himself. The musical extract accompanying the video is the beginning of Schoenbergs String Quartet no.4 Op.37, written in 1936, in a 1937 recording by the Kolisch Quartet that was sponsored by George Gershwin. Gershwin and Schoenberg were also tennis partners in Hollywood, and this film was taken on Gershwins tennis court at Roxbury Drive, Beverley Hills. Also included on this short video is a photograph of Gershwin at work on his famous oil painting portrait of Schoenberg, accompanied by Schoenbergs moving tribute to Gershwin recorded July 12th 1937, the day after Gershwins untimely death at the age of only 38.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cn1L_cgHPY

Another titbit - http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0072
43  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: What are the most annoying things about modern composers? on: August 30, 2015, 06:57:30 pm
It may well be that the most annoying thing about modern composers is their attitude to music of the past . . .

Just an aside to the Gershwin/Schoenberg discussion
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J1WixuXYWQ
A 1-minute recording of Schoenberg speaking after Gershwin's death.

I enjoy Vexations also.
44  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: 1. Constant Lambert: Rio Grande. on: June 08, 2015, 09:01:37 pm
Keen though I am on it, I would rate the 1931 piano concerto higher. More range and individuality (but perhaps that's just me).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruBr-tCFxuE
45  ARCHIVED TOPICS / In-depth discussion of selected compositions / Re: A 5 minute gem from 1970 on: June 08, 2015, 04:12:25 pm
No, I'm not into choral evensong! But out of all the music I heard written by students at that time, that seemed to have most going for it. He (John Merrick) was enthusiastic about such composers as Scriabin and Szymanowski at the time. This might be evident from the harmony which I would have thought had as much non-British ancestry as British. Pardon me, but certainly not Finzi (ugh!).
As far as I know, its only ever been performed twice - the second time was in Gloucester a couple of years back. He didn't take up a musical career however.
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