A very nice classical symphony. Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel (1750-1817)
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.
Milton Babbitt (1916-2011)
Composer of serial and electronic music. This documentary was intended to bring his work to a wider appreciative audience. Is it meaningful? Does it miss a cultural dimension? (It is unquestionably a fascinating discussion and exploration.)
You might have surmised by now that I love the harpsichord. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to start out my day.
This partita is by Christoph Graupner. He was a contemporary of Bach; and, like Bach, he was a very prolific composer. For a number of reasons his music was neglected, but it wasn’t because of the quality. It is of a consistently high level and in the midst of a revival, it appears.
Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977). Exciting original stuff (to me).