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1926, vol. 9: Madetoja, Seeger, Casella

Like his teacher Jean Sibelius, the Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja was amongst those artists who had continued to uphold the Romantic style after the Modernist revolution. In 1924, Madetoja had premiered his opera Pohjalaisia at Helsinki. […] Continue reading

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1926, vol. 8: Glazunov, Villa-Lobos, Janáček

In 1926 Alexander Glazunov, who turned 61 years old that year, composed the last two works he would write for the piano: the Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, and the Idyll in F-Sharp Minor. The Idyll in particular shows us a glimpse of the mastery of Glazunov’s younger days, but by 1926 he was decades past the time of his greatest creative abilities. […] Continue reading

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1926, vol. 7: de Falla, Berg, Kodály

What did Spanish composer Manuel de Falla have in common with the Finnish Jean Sibelius and the American Charles Ives in 1926? The answer: that it was effectively the last year of all three composers’ careers. […] Continue reading

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1926, vol. 6: Jongen, Schoeck, Cassadó

Of all the music composed in 1926, I’d name Leos Janáček’s Sinfonietta as the best piece. (We’ll get to Janáček in vol. 8 of the 1926 shows.) […] Continue reading

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1926, vol. 5: Bridge, Sibelius, Bartók

The First World War had weighed heavily on the mind and heart of English composer Frank Bridge, as with so many others.  In the course of the war the United Kingdom had lost more than a million young men. […] Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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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