Thursday, February 7, 2008
Orgies, Features, and Atterberg: Oh My
The Atterberg orgy went well. I didn't get as much feedback as I'd have liked, but then again people often take broadcasts like that for granted. I just hope those who listened enjoyed the music as much as I did. Truly, it got better and better as it went along, and it's a darn shame that his music, especially the ninth symphony, is never performed. I was toying with the idea of putting the script of it online, that is until my hard drive crashed. No longer. Luckily everything work- and school- related has been salvaged, and I have most of my music on an external drive as well.
So what's next? I'm currently working on the Rostropovich Orgy for the spring season, drawing on those recordings accessible to us to construct a complete recording timeline, something that I don't think has been done. I've completed, finally, listings for next semester's Monday evening feature: 20th Century Britain (or rather, Early 20th-Century Britain), which ploughs through works by Sir Charles Stanford, Roger Quilter, John Ireland, Ernest Moeran, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Edward Bairstow, George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, Granville Bantock, Rutland Boughton, Herbert Howells, Arthur Bliss, Gerald Finzi, William Walton, Edmund Rubbra, Benjamin Britten, William Alwyn, Malcolm Arnold, and Lennox Berkeley. A huge set of composers to cover in only nine one-hour sessions.
This brings me to some interesting upcoming pieces. William Alwyn's second symphony is playing next Tuesday, the 12th, at around 5:30. A few other items to point out next week are:
Martinu: Concerto for Double String Orchestra, Piano, and Timpani: Monday at around 2:45
Bartok: Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz. 113: Wednesday at about 2:30
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100: Friday at about 5:20
Hopefully I'm not the only one enjoying what's playing right now: The Glagolitic Mass of Leos Janacek. (And no, I'm not going to take the time to write in all the marks).