Category Archives: Modern

Night Fantasies (1980) — Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter (1908-2012)

I was interested in Elliott Carter’s music when I was first studying music. I was very surprised to find out he was still composing in the 2000’s as I had lost track of him. In fact, he composed his last piece at the age of 103! This is a bit Charles Ives-like, at least it seems so to me.

 

From: Ae Ithj

 

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Five Movements for String Quartet Op5 – Anton Webern

Anton Webern (1883-1945) I’ve previously mentioned that I like the conversational sound of string quartets…This one breaks the mold. This is like a conversation with myself, possibly in the deep woods knowing I and everyone else is ultimately alone in nature. (Webern specifically talked about the “nature” aspect.) Webern is fascinating.

 

From: frogpitt

 

D’un soir triste — Lili Boulanger (1918)

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

She composed many pieces before her premature death at age 24. There used to be talk among classical music musicians and enthusiasts about which composers who died young would have contributed increasingly great music had they lived. I’m quite sure she would have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OERJAjoHRY&feature=share

String Quartet in C minor — Ernest MacMillan

Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973)

This string quartet was composed while MacMillan was interned in a German camp during WWII. The first performance was in 1925.

MacMillan was primarily a conductor.

This is the first movement. The other movements are posted in comments.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu8BQPG_hiM