1926 podcasts

1926, vol. 4: Enescu, Szymanowski, Hindemith

One of the many, many important artists working in Paris during the ’20s was the great Romanian musician George Enescu.  Enescu was a great master. […] Continue reading


1926, vol. 3: Prokofiev, Mosolov, Schoenberg, Toch

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, like so many other great artists at the time, called Paris home in 1926.  The previous year had seen the premiere of his Second Symphony there under the baton of Koussevitzky, to an indifferent response from Parisian artistic circles. […] Continue reading


1926, vol. 2: Ravel, Hanson, Copland

In 1926, Hanson completed an Organ Concerto, a solo piano piece called Vermeland, and a tone poem for orchestra entitled Pan and the Priest.  The Organ Concerto isn’t heard today in its 1926 version; Hanson revised it in 1941 as his Concerto for Organ, Harp, and Orchestra, and it’s this version you can find on record. […] Continue reading


1926, vol. 1: Piston, Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Bloch

In the United States in 1926, Calvin Coolidge was president.  In the midst of the great economic boom he advanced policies of deregulation and decentralization at the federal level, and lowered taxes to the point that by the following year, only the top 2% of American incomes were taxed. […] Continue reading

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