1926, vol. 13: Stravinsky, Antheil, Gotovac, Schmidt

Most music historians recognize Igor Stravinsky to be the most influential composer of classical music in the 20th century. They talk about three kinds of “liberation” involved in the Modernist revolution in music […] Click here to continue reading a transcript of this podcast.

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Stravinsky, Otche Nash
Antheil, Piano Concerto no. 2
Gotovac, Simfonijsko Kolo
Schmidt, Three Fantasy Pieces
Schmidt, Piano Quintet in G
Schmidt, Four Small Chorale Preludes

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4 Responses to 1926, vol. 13: Stravinsky, Antheil, Gotovac, Schmidt

  1. Brian Linnell Comment by Brian Linnell made on August 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Apologies, everyone, for my incorrect pronunciation in this podcast of “Nice,” the city on the southern coast of France. I said “NEE-chay,” which is how one might pronounce that spelling in Italian, but in French it should pronounced like the English word “niece.”

  2. Comment by William Block made on September 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Brian
    Just finished listening to Vol. 13. Stravinsky was a formidable force for the entire first half of the 20th Century. His setting of The Lord’s Prayer is hauntingly beautiful. Like his compatriot, Rachmaninoff in the Vespers, his sacred music didn’t reflect the contemporary culture that has so infected our current society.
    I had been familiar with Antheil’s name but had not really listened to any of his music. The Piano Concerto #2 appeals to me and is a very accessible piece. Out of curiosity I listened to some of the Ballet Mechanique and found it to be quite a blast! It was kind of like happy mayhem, boisterous bedlam, and organized chaos. His Jazz Symphony is also an interesting piece right in the style of Gershwin.
    Gotavec is also new to me but I do like the “Slavic” sound and rhythm.
    And finally Franz Schmidt, the Quintet is a great piece especially the 3rd movement and what a “Rolls-Royce” of a performance with Fleisher, Yo-Yo, et. al. Forgive me for nit picking but on page 5 of the script you allude to a Joseph Fuchs as a teacher of Schmidt and then on page 6 its Robert Fuchs of Vol. 10. There was a Joseph Fuchs, a well known violinist/teacher of the 40’s-50’s along with his violist sister, Lillian, but I son’t think he was a teacher of Franz Schmidt.
    Enjoyed the podcast. Great job as usual.
    Regards, William Block

    • Brian Linnell Comment by Brian Linnell made on September 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks for pointing out the Robert Fuchs typo William. No question that the Schmidt Quintet is the great piece covered in this podcast — I’ve listened to it over and over.

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