Defiance and Rebellion at the Concert Hall

What do you feel? © Charles Thibo

Arnold Schönberg himself considered the work as a turning-point not in his career, but in his conception of music. It was the beginning of new era, the emancipation from the Austro-German Romantic tradition and its musical language. Schönberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major (op. 7) respects the formal layout inherited from Brahms – four movements – and also the “structural cogency and clarity” of Brahms’ chamber music, as Oliver Neighbour, Paul Griffiths and George Perle write in their reference work “The New Grove – Second Viennese School”. What is new, the authors note, is the fact that Schönberg casts the work as a pure work of expressivity, held together rather by a line of thought, an emotional consecutiveness, than by a set of formal laws.

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Discovering Strange and Beautiful Galaxies

Outside time. © Charles Thibo

William Duckworth (b Morgantown, NC, Jan 13, 1943; d West New York, NJ, Sept 13, 2012 American composer. He participated in the 1988 Darmstadt Composition Forum and was the featured composer at the 1995 Ferrara Festival. Duckworth is best-known for his piano work “Time Curve Preludes” (1978), a composition considered by many to mark the beginning of postminimalism in music. So far for Oxford Music Online, which I shamelessly quote to start this post for lack of a better idea. Of course I could have started with the Labèque twin sisters, who share the responsibility for this post with the author (me!), but I have done that already in an earlier post about Philipp Glass.

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Pointillist Music Ahead of the Composer’s Silence

The Pointillist painter Georges Seurat painted “Parade de Cirque” in 1887/88.

As you may have noticed, occasionally paintings by Claude Monet illustrate my posts. I love the Impressionist paintings and Monet certainly is my favourite painter. In the wake of Impressionism sailed a group of painters that took the Impressionist technique to new extreme: Their paintings would exclusively consist of minuscule dots, paintings made like an ancient mosaic. Or like a picure composed of pixels. Since the dot’s name in French is “point”, this technique quickly went by the name of “Pointillism”.

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Glass and the Twin Sisters in Four Movements

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Switched on. © Charles Thibo

This was so cool! Expect the unexpected, they say, and I try to, but I did not expect an encore to beat a full concert. No way. Quite a surprise and a good one with that. It made me vibrate the whole evening and eclipsed what I had heard before and after in such a way that I downloaded the piece during the break and listened to it one more time while driving home from the concert. And the following day I must have listened to it at least four or five more times.

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