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    Schnittke can be edgy. His piano concerto, for example. Not violent but certainly on the edge. And the first cello concerto can get quite extreme with its amplified cello. And then there is his Faust Cantata, which is on the edge of crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    I don't find anything edgy about 4'33'; it might be the opposite of edgy.
    It just depends on what you are thinking about while it is being performed, especially if the performance is a good one.

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    Schubert's "Der Zwerg".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    I personally enjoy the edginess of most of the music of Bartok. The first piano concerto, the Concerto for Orchestra etc. Also Prokofiev's third symphony, especially the first movement, has some fine edge. There are lots of other examples......Music of Martinu, Rautavaara Piano Concerto: where to start or stop? Even the first movements of the Bach D-minor Concerto, or the Mozart Concerto 24, or the first Brahms PC have satisfying edginess.
    Thumbs up for Martinu.

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    I forgot to mention Scriabin's Sonata No. 9. The finale of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 9 also deserves to be listed.

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