Category Archives: Modern

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

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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