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Conlon Nancarrow’s Piece No. 2 for Small Orchestra

Enjoying this piece, maybe in no small part because I’m working with Ives right now, and the two have at least a couple things in common: relative obscurity until much later than they began writing music; and interesting little pieces for small/chamber orchestras. This Piece No. 2 is really charming and appealing in a number of ways. I’m fairly certain Ives wouldn’t have liked Nancarrow’s politics, though…

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Listening for the afternoon: Abbado conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner’s triumphant fourth symphony.

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Nope, never going to get tired of this.

Celibidache having his soul crushed by the violas.

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The final movement (Allegro non troppo) of Franck’s Symphony in d minor always reminds me of Looney Toons.

Here’s Monteux conducting the Chicago Symphony.

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Caricature of Glenn Gould by Italian artist Tullio Pericoli
Tons more of these on his website to browse.

Caricature of Glenn Gould by Italian artist Tullio Pericoli

Tons more of these on his website to browse.

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From the realm of the absurd—Allegri’s Miserere mei, over the video of the flying lawnmower and smiling gorilla.

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Berg’s Lulu

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Accurate.

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Here’s a recording of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 4, played by Leonard Slatkin’s Detroit Symphony. According to J. Peter Burkholder (James P.?), the chorale tunes in the second movement (including the prominent “Beulah Land” and “Nearer My God to Thee”) first appeared in this form as organ tunes that are no longer extant in score. After those organ tunes, they appeared in the composer’s String Quartet No. 1 and then finally ended up in his fourth symphony.

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Dvořák’s final string quartet in A-flat major (1895) is raw (depending on your numbering, it’s either his 13th or 14th quartet—Op. 105, either way). It was published shortly after the composer’s return to Europe after his American sojourn, though I wouldn’t read into that too much.

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Listening to Isaac Stern’s 1965 recording of Barber’s Violin Concerto with Bernstein and the NYPhil. There are some real moments of brilliance, but also some surprising intonation issues (especially in the last movement) and what sound like wrong notes. Perhaps Stern had too much on his plate at the time, as this recording was made during a stretch in which the violinist was recording heavily (winning Grammy awards in 1963 and 1965, though the latter was for a recording other than this). Regardless, the orchestra sounds great.

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