Articles tagged 'Ives'
Finnissy’s huge and nigh impenetrable opus suggests that music may comment only upon itself.
Shepherding the work’s first if not best-documented performance, Cage took Satie’s ludicrous directions seriously and stabled a team of pianists to crank out Vexations’ 840 required repetitions.
The late 18th-century American musical experience during the Washington, J. Adams and Jefferson presidencies would have included medleys alternating popular tunes and Continental fare.
“Though there is little danger of it, it is hoped that this song will not be taken seriously, or sung, at least, in public.”
This revealing 2007 compilation reaches back to recordings from 1966-67 and 1983-84, which opened a largely neglected chapter of Czech music.
No desiccated embryos here. The LTM pair enshrines Satie compositions from the early to mid-1890s, the period preceding the ironic collections with the wacky titles.
Bursting like firecrackers, Solbiati’s two symphonies strike the listener as difficult works born of equally hard labor.
With broad, sweeping strokes, Alessandrini brushes away years of dust and speculation.
Melding hymn tunes, microtones, complex canons and continuous glissandos, Coates’ riveting symphonies take the Ives highway but go off-road after Ligeti’s exit…