Fusing the Ideas of the Romantic Past

An evening walk. © Charles Thibo

Music can be misleading, oh yes. Take this symphony – listening to the first 20 or 30 bars, my first idea was Debussy. Painting with sounds, impressionism etc. Or perhaps Ravel. Wrong on both accounts. The piece was written by an Austrian composer of the name of Johann Nepomuk David, born in 1895. He died in 1977 in Stuttgart and is probably best known for his church music. But he wrote no less than eight symphonies, three concerts for string orchestra and chamber music. And I bet you have never heard of him.

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