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Lionel Harrison
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« on: March 08, 2021, 06:36:04 pm »

Ernst Pepping symphonies 1-3, also a couple of pieces from the Pogonyi Archive, the Serenade was very good. I haven't tried out his choral and sacred works yet, but feel like it  will be interesting. He studied with Schreker, and apparently wrote quite dissonantly until the 1930's. I will visit him again.

Thanks for that. I have to admit I hadn't heard of Pepping but he does sound an interesting chap. I see there's a CPO two-CD recording of the three symphonies and the piano concerto and so I will sample the snippets on Presto to see if they appeal. 

I duly iistened to the snippets and I have to say that I found Ernst Pepping's symphonies and Piano Concerto rather anodyne (I might be doing them a disservice, of course, as I only heard about 30 seconds of each movement, but it seemed to be sufficient to give one a flavour of the sound-world). According to his Wikipedia entry, he'd been the composer of  'severe works with uncompromising dissonance' until the beginning of the 1930s, at which point he started to produce music in a much more tonal idiom. I wondered whether this was a natural development (he wouldn't be the only enfant terrible who'd modified their language as they matured); or did he do what he had to do under the Third Reich to stay alive (as did many other rank-and-file musicians)? Or was he a fully paid-up Nazi?

Seeking to find answers to these questions, I happened upon this Exeter University Ph.D. thesis by Ian D. Sutherland which includes as case-studies discussions of Paul Hindemith, Rudolf Wagner-Régeny, Heinrich Kaminski, Pepping and Wolfgang Fortner: "From Weimar Republic to Third Reich: Composing agency in changing socio-cultural contexts". On the face of it, a very interesting read...

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