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    Great list for when I explore contemporary music more. The Xenakis entry is missing Epicycles (1989). I do not know enough about the others to comment.

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    Thanks Portamento for bumping. There are 3 new entries on the site in total since my last post:

    - Péter Eötvös
    - Horațiu Rădulescu
    - Peter Sculthorpe

    Quote Originally Posted by ORigel View Post
    Great list for when I explore contemporary music more. The Xenakis entry is missing Epicycles (1989). I do not know enough about the others to comment.
    Thanks. That particular Xenakis work is completely new to me and sounds quite interesting. Do you have any other sources to merit its inclusion?

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    Hot off the presses: James Dillon.

    And I made a few promotions mainly to correct for some bad omissions:

    - Finnissy: Contretänze (now listed)
    - Finnissy: Seven Sacred Motets (now listed)
    - Radulescu: String Quartet #4 (now 3-star)
    - Radulescu: String Quartet #5 (now 3-star)
    - Rzewski: The Road (now listed)
    - Saariaho: Amers (now listed)
    - Saariaho: Grammaire des rêves (now listed)

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    mmsbls has kindly agreed to make this a sticky thread. No more bumping needed!

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    I do not know. I just like it, as I do much of Xenakis's output.

    Edit: it is a chamber work for solo cello and eleven other instruments. This is far removed from compositions like Metastasis-- it is melodic. It is a good piece for those new to Xenakis.
    Last edited by ORigel; May-15-2020 at 22:12. Reason: Elaborating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portamento View Post
    mmsbls has kindly agreed to make this a sticky thread. No more bumping needed!
    Wow, thanks a lot to the both of you! It's definitely gratifying to know that this project can be seen as a useful resource for many listeners here.

    But I hope this is not just a one-man show and that anyone knowledgeable about the era can provide some guidance or anyone simply interested can share their opinions on the music. After all, I'm hoping to learn as much as anyone else through this process.

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    If you'd like me to, Trout, I would be willing to do some research and make recommendations for the music of Gabriela Lena Frank. I'd let you know also why I make those recommendations with simple documentation. I honestly don't know her oeuvre well at all, but I'd be willing to work on it so you don't have to be like Atlas and take the world on your shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20centrfuge View Post
    If you'd like me to, Trout, I would be willing to do some research and make recommendations for the music of Gabriela Lena Frank. I'd let you know also why I make those recommendations with simple documentation. I honestly don't know her oeuvre well at all, but I'd be willing to work on it so you don't have to be like Atlas and take the world on your shoulders.
    You do Frank and I'll do Donatoni. Divide and conquer.

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    Doing a non-scientific survey using the following online sources (as well as general internet surfing )

    Composer's own website: https://www.glfcam.com/people/gabriela
    A survey of recordings available on Spotify, Arkivmusic, YouTube
    An interview by the composer on YouTube
    An article in the "San Francisco Classical Voice"
    Wikipedia
    wisemusicclassical.com

    She has an oeuvre of about 50 works. I tried to pair it down to those works that seem to be getting the most buzz or that represent significant commissions of large scale works.

    Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout (String Quartet or String Orchestra, 2001, recorded by Chiara and Del Sol Quartets). She refers to this as her breakout work. It also seems to be the most performed of her works. Maybe ** worthy.

    Other key works seem to be:
    -Sueños de Chambi: Shapshots for an Andean Album, for violin & piano (2002)
    -Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra (2003)
    -Adagio para Amantini for Cello and Piano (2007)
    -Quijotadas: String Quartet (2007)
    -Hilos (Threads) for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2010)
    -Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra (2017)
    -Conquest Requiem (premiered 2017) for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra commissioned by the Houston Symphony
    -El último sueño de Frida y Diego, Opera (2019) (Premiering spring of next year, presumably because of COVID, co-commissioned by the San Diego and Fort Worth Opera companies. Her first opera.)



    I hope this helps!

    Also, for what its worth, I think Quijotadas is good enough to become part of the standard repertoire but that is entirely my opinion!
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    Alright, here's what I've got for Donatoni:

    - Musica [chamber orch.] (1954-55)
    - Doubles [harpsichord] (1961)
    - Puppenspiel [étude for orch.] (1961)
    - Puppenspiel II [flute & orch.] (1966)
    - Etwas ruhiger im Ausdruck [5 instrs.] (1967) ★★
    - Souvenir "Kammersymphonie opus 18" [15 instrs.] (1967)
    - Duo pour Bruno [orch.] (1974-75) ★★★
    - Lumen [6 instrs.] (1975) ★★
    - Ash [8 instrs.] (1976)
    - Portrait [harpsichord & orch.] (1976-77)
    - Algo [2 pieces for guitar] (1977)
    - Ali [2 pieces for viola] (1977)
    - Spiri [6 instrs.] (1977) ★★★
    - Toy [2 violins, viola, & harpsichord] (1977)
    - De près [female voice, 2 piccolos, & 3 violins] (1978)
    - Argot [2 pieces for violin] (1979)
    - Marches [2 pieces for harp] (1979)
    - Nidi [2 pieces for piccolo] (1979)
    - Le Ruisseau sur l'escalier [cello & 19 performers] (1980)
    - L'Ultima sera [mezzo-soprano & 5 instrs.] (1980)
    - Fili [flute & piano] (1981)
    - Tema [12 instrs.] (1981) ★★
    - Ala [2 pieces for cello and double bass] (1983)
    - Rima [2 pieces for piano] (1983)
    - Cadeau [11 performers] (1984) ★★
    - Ombra [2 pieces for contrabass clarinet] (1984)
    - In cauda [choir & orch.] (1982-86) ★★
    - Arpège [6 instrs.] (1986) ★★★
    - Refrain [8 instrs.] (1986) ★★
    - Hot [sopranino (or tenor) saxophone & 6 instrs.] (1989) ★★
    - Soft [bass clarinet] (1989)
    - Rasch [4 saxophones] (1990)
    - Madrigale [4 children's choruses & 4 percussionists] (1991)
    - Alfred, Alfred [comic opera in 7 scenes and 6 intermezzos] (1995)
    - Rasch II [saxophone quartet, marimba, vibraphone, piano, & percussion] (1995)
    - Françoise Variationen [piano] (1983-96) ★★
    - Prom [orch.] (1999)
    - ESA (In cauda V) [orch.] (2000) ★★

    Donatoni wrote quite a lot so this took a while to compile. He had an interesting habit of revising/recontextualizing old works. For example, Alamari (cello, double bass, piano) is based on Ala (cello, double bass) and Rima (piano); both the instrumentations and names are combined to create a new composition with its own unique identity. Also, I tried to be as objective as possible, which is not too difficult when I haven't heard most of these pieces!
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    Thank you both for your lists! They are very helpful. I am honestly not familiar at all with Gabriela Lena Frank so I will do some research to see how important her work seems to be to the classical music world today. I do know Donatoni, however, and agree that he would be a good addition. On the list, I only know and enjoy some of the 2-/3-star works so I look forward to learning more!

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    You are completely welcome to use or not use the info on Frank at your discretion. It was a valuable experience for me to sift through her work so I won’t view it as time wasted in the event that she isn’t put on the list at this time.

    Sincerely, just think of me as your servant who did a little work on your behalf. I appreciate all the hard work you have put into this list of contemporary repertoire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20centrfuge View Post
    You are completely welcome to use or not use the info on Frank at your discretion. It was a valuable experience for me to sift through her work so I won’t view it as time wasted in the event that she isn’t put on the list at this time.
    I think it's harder to put younger composers on the list because there hasn't been enough time for "history" to evaluate their work. Obviously, that's also part of the beauty with contemporary music!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    But I hope this is not just a one-man show and that anyone knowledgeable about the era can provide some guidance or anyone simply interested can share their opinions on the music. After all, I'm hoping to learn as much as anyone else through this process.
    Since I'm due up to present a work by Philippe Manoury in the 1980-2000 listening group, I'll use this opportunity to listen/re-listen to a number of his works over the next couple weeks and then create a list of recommendations. He's a good one to add to the project and is a good example of being one of those composers who's famous everywhere in the contemporary music world except on TC.

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    A Philippe Manoury list would be great! I know much less about him than I probably should.

    I made some new entries in the past week or so:

    - Franco Donatoni
    - Luc Ferrari
    - Fausto Romitelli
    - Claude Vivier

    And here are some updates, mainly to old entries:

    Abrahamsen: Marchenbilder (now listed)
    Adams, JL: Become Desert (now 2-star)
    Adams, JL: Canticles of the Holy Wind (now listed)
    Andriessen: Hoketus (now 2-star)
    Andriessen: Workers Union (now 2-star)
    Babbitt: Consortini (now listed)
    Babbitt: Groupwise (now listed)
    Babbitt: Images (now listed)
    Babbitt: Melismata (now listed)
    Babbitt: Phonemena (now listed)
    Davies: Symphony No. 3 (now 2-star)
    Davies: Symphony No. 6 (now 2-star)
    Kagel: Acustica (now 2-star)
    Kurtág: ...quasi una fantasia... (now 2-star)
    Kurtág: Double Concerto (now listed)
    Kurtág: Messages of the Late Miss R.V. Troussova (now 3-star)
    Kurtág: Splinters (now listed)
    Murail: Portulan (now listed)
    Murail: Tellur (now 2-star)
    Nono: Sarà dolce tacere (now listed)
    Pärt: Psalom (now listed)
    Rihm: IN-SCHRIFT (now listed)
    Wuorinen: Spinoff (now listed)
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