Walt Mundkowsky was born 1944 in San Antonio, TX. As a teenager, he had a dachshund named after Hugo Wolf. Extensive writings on film (cf. his “Cinema Obscura” column in Home Theater, 1995-2001). He favors the mine-shaft approach to music listening — in-depth exploration of tiny, unrelated areas. A resident of Beverly Hills, he has lived in basements in Denver, London and Stockholm, and may very well do so again.
My entry into this rewarding series came via a scenario I always enjoy – a highly evolved structure is interrogated, at first through hesitations and “mistakes,” and eventually falls apart.
Stephen Whittington’s title must refer to Satie’s musique d’ameublement and Eno’s Music for Airports, but he turns them inside out – an exploration of inner states.
“Already in bed, lying on my back and wearing headphones” is my standard listening mode, hence my interest.
I’m happy to welcome this Biber program (inessential but lots of fun) back into circulation.
Even with 217 other Goldbergs in the catalog, I’m glad Charles Rosen’s is back (as of Sept. 24).
Some have downgraded the string quartet version as a mere reduction of the string parts in Haydn’s orchestral score of the previous year, but many of us want to hear it precisely this way.
Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck wrote his five-movement Notturno, Op. 47, between 1931 and 1933 for low voice and string quartet. Texts are by Gottfried Keller and Nikolaus Lenau.