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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2017, 06:00:34 PM »
Very nice list indeed. Those two are Night ride & Sunrise and Isle of the Dead, respectively.
Thank you! Also great choices.
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2017, 11:26:44 PM »
It's a HUGE century!

Adams: Harmonielehre
Bartk: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Berio: Sinfonia
Britten: Cello Symphony
Casella: Symphony No.2

Cerha: Spiegel
Debussy: La mer
Grisey: Partiels, Modulations, Transitoires, pilogue (from Espaces Acoustiques)
Janček: Sinfonietta
Maderna: Quadrivium

Mahler: Symphony no.7
Nielsen: Symphony No.5
Ravel: La valse
Respighi: Fontane di Roma
Schoenberg: Five Piece op.16

Shostakovich: Symphony No.13
Sibelius: Symphony No.5
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps
Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time
Xenakis: Jonchaies

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2017, 11:34:07 PM »
It's a HUGE century!


Bartk: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Grisey: Partiels, Modulations, Transitoires, pilogue (from Espaces Acoustiques)

Maderna: Quadrivium

Mahler: Symphony no.7

Schoenberg: Five Piece op.16


Xenakis: Jonchaies

I'm especially liking those one!  ;)

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2017, 11:35:49 PM »
It's such a...ummm.... HUGE century, that I have no idea where to start. There is no way I can do 20, no way, that only covers Xenakis' orchestra works   8)
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2017, 11:56:56 PM »
I'm especially liking those one!  ;)

;) ;)


If you haven't already do that, try Cerha's Spiegel. I have a small suspect you're gonna like it  :)

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2017, 12:49:48 AM »
;) ;)


If you haven't already do that, try Cerha's Spiegel. I have a small suspect you're gonna like it  :)

What if I told you that I've not only heard it......but read (the very large) score too?  :D

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2017, 01:19:33 AM »
It's such a...ummm.... HUGE century, that I have no idea where to start. There is no way I can do 20, no way, that only covers Xenakis' orchestra works   8)

Fine!!!! I'll attempt part one:

(as chronological as possible and sorry M.I. but i'll probably be more than 20...)

Debussy - La Mer, Nocturnes, Jeux
Webern - op 6, op 10, op 21, op 30
Scriabin - Prometheus, Mysterium
Mahler - Symphony 9
Schoenberg - Five Pieces for Orchestra, Variations for orchestra
Ives - Symphony no 4
Stravinsky - Petrushka, Le Sacre, Agon, Symphony in three movements
Busoni - Piano Concerto
Gurdjieff - Oriental Suite
RVW - Piano Concerto
Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
Bartok - Miraculous Mandarin, MFSP&C, Piano Concerto 1
Janacek - Glagolitic Mass
Orff - Carmina Burana (I'm sure it counts)
Varese - Ameriques, Arcana
Sorabji - Jami Symphony
Xenakis - Literally EVERYTHING written for orchestra, EVERYTHING!!
Carter - Concerto for orchestra, Double Concerto
Messiaen - Turangalila, Chronochromie, Exotic Birds, Eclairs Sur L'au-Dela
Stockhausen - Gruppen, Carre, Inori
Ligeti - Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto, Hamburger Concerto, San Francisco Polyphony
Boulez - Pli Selon Pli, Repons, Notations (Orchestra version)
Kagel - Les Idees Fixes, Opus 1.991
Maderna - Quadrivium
Druckman - Counterpoise
Dlugoszewski - Fire Fragile Flight
Korndorf - Symphonies 2,3,4
Schnittke - Symphonies 1,2, Piano concerto, Cello Concerto, Concerto grosso 1 (if it counts)
Zappa - Mo's and Herb's Vacation
Zorn - For Your Eyes Only, Contes De Fees
Murail - Disintegrations, Colour Der Mer, L'espirit des dunes, La Barque Mystique
Grisey - Partiels, Modulations
Lutoslawski - Symphonies 3,4
Rautavaara - Piano concerto 1, Symphony no 8

.....aaaaaaannnndddd more!  :D
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2017, 01:58:00 AM »
Ok let's give this a go, I will keep my list one work per composer as my own little challenge. Here are 20 pieces I really love.

Boulez: Notations
Dutilleaux: Metaboles
Berio: Sinfonia
Xenakis: Ata
Lutosławski: Piano Concerto
Ligeti: Atmosphres
Varse: Arcana
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Messiaen: Chronochromie
Nrgrd: Voyage into the Golden Screen
Gerhard: Symphony no. 3
Saariaho: La Fume
Berg: Violin Concerto
Schoenberg: 5 pieces
Carter: Violin Concerto
Ads: Asyla
Mahler: Symphony 7
Sibelius: Symphony 7
Cage: 101
Feldman: Coptic Light

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2017, 03:07:42 AM »
What if I told you that I've not only heard it......but read (the very large) score too?  :D


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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2017, 03:14:47 AM »
^^ Yes, it's a great piece, but I find listening to it more interesting than looking at it. Parts of it look like the score of Ligeti's Atmospheres but on acid, the micropolyphony is quite scary in scope  :o

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #30 on: April 12, 2017, 03:18:15 AM »
It's such a...ummm.... HUGE century, that I have no idea where to start. There is no way I can do 20, no way, that only covers Xenakis' orchestra works   8)

Hence the expediency of choosing to limit one's list to one piece per composer  0:)
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2017, 03:23:15 AM »
Hence the expediency of choosing to limit one's list to one piece per composer  0:)

I've done the best I can, I think I'll rent a yacht and go crayfish diving for a week  0:)

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« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2017, 03:25:21 AM »
I've done the best I can, I think I'll rent a yacht and go crayfish diving for a week  0:)

Not a bad plan, really!
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2017, 03:27:48 AM »
Curious that the vast majority of the works so far mentioned date from the first 60 years of the last century.

Just saying...

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« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2017, 03:33:19 AM »
Curious that the vast majority of the works so far mentioned date from the first 60 years of the last century.

Just saying...

Later works perforce suffer an inventory/distribution disadvantage, of course.

There is a Wuorinen piece from 1988 I should like very much to hear, Machault Mon Chou, but I'm jiggered if I can find any recording of it.  And, of course, I wonder if the premire doubled as Final Performance.  (Thus far, I mean, to be sure.)
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2017, 03:34:25 AM »
Curious that the vast majority of the works so far mentioned date from the first 60 years of the last century.

Just saying...

Which seems ironic because the large majority of the music I worship tends to be post-1945...... ???

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2017, 03:36:58 AM »
Curious that the vast majority of the works so far mentioned date from the first 60 years of the last century.

Just saying...

Occasionally, one will even still hear Debussys La Mer being labelled as a piece of "new music" (not here, though :) ).
That somehow the craft quality among composers should have been going down doesnt hold water.

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2017, 03:42:07 AM »
Occasionally, one will even still hear Debussys La Mer being labelled as a piece of "new music" (not here, though :) ).

Serious double-takes when a contemporary music ensemble programs . . . Pierrot Lunaire . . . .
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #38 on: April 12, 2017, 03:48:12 AM »
Serious double-takes when a contemporary music ensemble programs . . . Pierrot Lunaire . . . .


2017 Contemporary Music Ensemble Concert featuring two new premieres:

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Arnold Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire (for Soprano and small ensemble) 2016-2017
Tristan Murail - La Grande Singularit Mtaphysique (space opera) 3028-3029
JS Bach - Goldberg Variations (for percussion quartet) 1999

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2017, 03:49:51 AM »
OTOH, if a contemp. mus. ensemble do not perform the Schoenberg Op.21, who will?  I see the conundrum.
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