The Modern mixtape #005

Notes on update #005 of The Modern mixtape.

Regarding Le Déluge d’après Poussin by Hugues Dufourt. It’s like a spectral variant of Morton Feldman. Brian Eno compares ambient music with a river that is floating by. It is always evolving and moving but from your point of view, as a observer, it is standing still. I find these qualities in both Morton Feldman and John Cage music. Le Déluge d’après Poussin is constantly changing, with new harmonies and timbres but standing still at the same time. Very beautiful.

The pianist Sabine Liebner has a atmospheric and dreamy way of playing the piano. She have done very nice recordings of both of Feldman’s late piano pieces and Cage number pieces for solo piano. Here is Tilbury by Christian Wolff.

In the second movement of Voyage into the Golden Screen Per Nørgård uses his infinity series melody for the first time. It is a fractal way that constructs a never ending infinite melody. In the second symphony it is explored even more with a tone row that consists of over 4000 notes. The result is a strange and beautiful piece of music.

Neptuni Åkrar is an orchestra piece by the Swedish composer Henrik Strindberg. The basic idea is arpeggios of natural harmonics played on string instruments. You can read a detailed description about the structure and techniques used in the piece in Swedish here. It won the Christ Johnson prize in 2007.

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The Classical mixtape #006

Notes on update #006 of The Classical mixtape.

Valses nobles et sentimentales is a piano/orchestra piece by Maurice Ravel. He first published the piano version 1911 and one year later the version for orchestra. It is dedicated to Schubert and his two collections with waltzes Valses nobles and Valses sentimentales. 

Karol Szymanowski is one of the most notable Polish composers from the 20th century. Impressionistic and modern. A favourite.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was both a very talented classical composer and a famous and influential film music composer. The style is late romantic with a modern touch and a lyric tone.

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