Some interesting bits from an analysis today:"Five myths about modern classical music"
"It all sounds like a squeaky gate" :
"Without Stockhausen.... the Beatles would be mired in musical pre-history"
"...composers who write music that pushes musicians to their extremes are doing nothing more than fiddling around with meaningless notes in a solipsistic, self-indulgent reverie."
Perhaps of the tina as the "working man's" easy entrée into the world of songs and melodies for social and political commentary:
Of Cornelius Cardew:
"All his music was composed with social and political consciousness at its heart."
Ravel vs Varèse:
Re education work by London Sinfonietta in early 80s:
"The (school) kids loved Varèse and couldn't get on with Ravel.. ('s sensual, beguiling, "easy"music)
Grade 13 Exam:
Or rather, play something classically modern!
Gosh! Serendipity - see Leo's roundup and Canada Anglo piece for Levon - riveting. (Reminders too of whether tina band could work for Penderecki's 1959 Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima for 52 strings. I remember listeneing to it with a teacher as a teeny tot when it first came out, and fear of the 'hail' of musical radioactivity falling to the ground. It was not long after we had chatted on several occasions with Leonard Cheshire, who was on the Nagasaki flight. He had come for a break at the school and we used to sit with him on a bench overlooking the school playing fields in the summer sun**.
Search Threnody National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Edited by Kautilya, 27 April 2012 - 07:12 AM.