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    Everyone should experience the modern masterpiece Schnee for mid-sized chamber ensemble!



    An article for those technically-minded:

    http://musicofourepoch.wordpress.com...amsens-schnee/

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    In addition to Schnee, I'd recommend two recent works: the Double Concerto, and "Let Me Tell You." In any case, for those interested in exploring this composer further, I've included links to all of his pieces that I've been able to find on Youtube (though who knows how long they'll last). Most of the remaining works not included here are brief pieces and arrangements of other composers' works. Of the latter, I'm especially interested in hearing the orchestral version of Nielsen's haunting "Commotio"--if anyone tracks that down, please send me a PM!


    Selected works, in chronological order:

    1969 - Arrangement of Carl Nielsen, Fantasistykker, op.2, for oboe quartet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD-iF8hfvnU

    1973 - 10 Præludier, for string quartet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ7dbeu169I

    1973 - Flowersongs, for recorders
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUOppdSNE1A

    1978 - Canzone, for accordion
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWP8Fwnx14A

    1978 - Winternacht
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF_hAB85xco

    1978 - Walden
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMivsYpJrlE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBZolYqBuHQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bas3GfQ8b54
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_FZUZ5A7kQ

    1984 - Märchenbilder
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoRLAFXPbbE

    1987 - Lied in Fall
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHxZCAtHzsg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpICKWtsXMk

    1994 - Bach arrangements:
    BWV 1072: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6sZ3yxuWWc
    BWV 1073: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3h2SXchsg
    BWV 1074: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c67QPS48ht4
    BWV 1075: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llCuWM1lx3A
    BWV 1076: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP8jvL7sGq8
    BWV 1077: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dpPemnRkFE
    BWV 1078: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zQWy076ORo
    BWV deest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn38-h1R2V0

    1998 - Ten Studies, for piano
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO5G...8W7OohmdA92bwW

    2000 - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdX1zDqczs8

    2004 - Four Pieces for Orchestra
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdfnJrwEDyo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmOCQGZwuIs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqhPND_pIqg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htrODfIEzBE

    2005 - Three Little Nocturnes, for accordion & string quartet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5WGcfTekEo

    2006 - Air, for accordion
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTu96ApR8Dw

    2008 - Schnee
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1a7...ncL_bKG526miru

    2009 - Traumlieder, for piano trio
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ9R6L60T7s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmoeBRc1JSM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky859PkAwWE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG-fzkEmZE0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrfvfIDDPEA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx58P_fwGI4

    2009 - Wald
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd0gbuiQRq4

    2010 - Liebeslied
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRuE_cNNEW4

    2011 - Double Concerto
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA6jZ8SBIBU

    2011 - Orchestral Arrangement of Claude Debussy: Children's Corner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQL1HpRgDo

    2012 - String Quartet No. 4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMUsHRJv6o

    2013 - Let me tell you
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ6oahcqTVk


    A brief interview:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShT8dVqggCg

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    Good technique. Naive sentimentality. Perhaps too much of that to my taste, save exceptions. He's somewhat like Benedict Mason, another of Ligeti's students. Can we speak of a 'late Ligeti school'?

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    Last month, Mr. Abrahamsen received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his song cycle "Let me tell you." Paul Griffiths, whose text inspired the work, wrote a really nice overview of the composer's work: http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/c...ans-Abrahamsen

    A recording of the work is set to be released in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeptimalTritone View Post
    Everyone should experience the modern masterpiece Schnee for mid-sized chamber ensemble!



    An article for those technically-minded:

    http://musicofourepoch.wordpress.com...amsens-schnee/
    Initially I thought Schnee (Snow) was interesting - but that didn't last. Perhaps I am missing something? I'm yet to enjoy anything modern beyond Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'...

    Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by janxharris View Post
    Initially I thought Schnee (Snow) was interesting - but that didn't last. Perhaps I am missing something? I'm yet to enjoy anything modern beyond Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'...

    Any suggestions?
    All I can suggest is that you don't listen for anything, or have any expectations of the music, but let it come to you.

    Have a look at these threads janx:

    21st Century Classical
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    most innovative, radical music of the 2010s
    New generations
    Recording technology used as musical instruments
    Some of some guy's favorite post-Stockhausen electroacoustic music for Air
    Your Favorite, New Compositions

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    Quote Originally Posted by janxharris View Post
    Initially I thought Schnee (Snow) was interesting - but that didn't last. Perhaps I am missing something? I'm yet to enjoy anything modern beyond Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'...

    Any suggestions?
    Please, please listen to Abrahamsen's let me tell you for soprano and orchestra. It is truly one of the most beautiful and moving scores I've ever heard in my life. There's a recording of it on Spotify, and a video of a live performance on Vimeo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janspe View Post
    Please, please listen to Abrahamsen's let me tell you for soprano and orchestra. It is truly one of the most beautiful and moving scores I've ever heard in my life. There's a recording of it on Spotify, and a video of a live performance on Vimeo.
    Will do thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janspe View Post
    Please, please listen to Abrahamsen's let me tell you for soprano and orchestra. It is truly one of the most beautiful and moving scores I've ever heard in my life. There's a recording of it on Spotify, and a video of a live performance on Vimeo.
    Unfortunately I am not fan of this type of singing. The vibrato is so overpowering that it's hard to ignore it in judging the piece (I listened three times).

    Anyway - you have the greatest composer ever imho - Sibelius.
    Last edited by janxharris; Apr-30-2018 at 09:46.

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