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blablawsky

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Night Music
« on: December 26, 2017, 05:28:16 AM »
Hi all, this is my first post on this forum. Hopefully it will be appropriate.

Discuss and/or recommend me 'night music'. I am not specifically looking for nocturnes, but am looking for anything that feels like the night. Some examples I have in mind are Carter's string quartets (especially 1, 3 and 5), Night Fantasies, Webern's Op. 7 (and a lot more), Berio's Epifanie, as well as some non-classical music like this:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/S39sB1ps29Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/S39sB1ps29Q</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/u8oal_1_YUk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/u8oal_1_YUk</a>

Bartok may be an obvious example, but his music feels too rich for me.

I am mostly looking for modern and contemporary music, but I am interested to hear any 'night music,' including early music.

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Re: Night Music
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 10:12:37 AM »
Try dipping into these

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/vohdiXPN5nY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/vohdiXPN5nY</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/YrTgPCxbfWY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/YrTgPCxbfWY</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/qJrclYubteg" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/qJrclYubteg</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/vue4Xi9zKrs" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/vue4Xi9zKrs</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/fmP41Am2oPk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/fmP41Am2oPk</a>











(You can't see it on the image but the Formenti CD is called Notturni. Formenti has a CD called Night Studies but I haven't heard it. )

The first things that came to mind was in fact Act II of Tristan, and the opening of Act 4 of Figaro, there may be someone quite evocative music in Wozzeck to, the last interlude maybe. I'm sure someone else will suggest parts of Mahler 7 - it's just so long since I last heard it!


Added - I'm forgetting one of the most unforgettable,  Schubert Nacht und Traume - try to see the film Samuel Beckett made for it.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Ewa1SugylEE" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Ewa1SugylEE</a>
« Last Edit: December 26, 2017, 12:13:01 PM by Mandryka »
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 10:30:03 AM »
Of course, Bartok described many of his slow movements as "night music". Some of Ginastera's slow movements and scherzi also have a mysterious, nocturnal quality.
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2017, 12:58:57 PM »
Busoni's Nocturne symphonique:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/q9IxrPipr1c" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/q9IxrPipr1c</a>

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Re: Night Music
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2017, 09:38:44 PM »
Try dipping into these
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These are on point. That Schubert piece is great, especially.

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Re: Night Music
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2017, 10:59:29 PM »
If night means sleep and sleep means dreams, then a whole world of surreal music opens up. Try, for example, John  Cage's fabulous Music Walk here

https://soundcloud.com/faustseele/music-walk-1958
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 02:38:57 PM »
That Formenti album is vastly entertaining. So now I want to have the other one you mentioned.

Otherwise, I think your last post to this thread was so perfect on so many levels. I've been enjoying that almost as much as if it were poetry. (Well, it was poetry, I guess, as I needed it. ;) So thanks for that.)

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Re: Night Music
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2017, 02:54:10 PM »
Esenvalds: 'Visions of Arctic Night' - a beautifully atmospheric work; part of a great CD:

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Re: Night Music
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2017, 03:08:12 PM »
Mompou - Musica callada
Silvestrov - Silent Songs
Rakhmaninov - All-night Vigil
Sibelius - Tapiola
Ives - Unanswered Question, Central Park in the Dark
Decaux - Clairs de lune
Ysaÿe - Sonata for solo violin no. 2
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2017, 10:20:38 AM »
That Formenti album is vastly entertaining. So now I want to have the other one you mentioned.

Otherwise, I think your last post to this thread was so perfect on so many levels. I've been enjoying that almost as much as if it were poetry. (Well, it was poetry, I guess, as I needed it. ;) So thanks for that.)

I still haven't heard Night Studies, but I did play a Formenti CD called Nothing is Real, which is where that Cage on soundcloud comes from - I liked it very much.
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2017, 11:01:43 AM »
I always find Shostakovich's 15th Symphony great to listen to in the dark. Especially the slow movement. It's quite an eerie experience.

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Re: Night Music
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2017, 12:01:14 PM »
I always find Shostakovich's 15th Symphony great to listen to in the dark. Especially the slow movement. It's quite an eerie experience.

I listened to the 15th in the dark the other night - an eerie experience indeed.
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2017, 09:16:47 AM »
Hi - one of the most extraordinary pieces of the 21st century for me is "hymns of the night" by the Swedish composer Tommie Haglund.  Basically a 38+ minutes single movement violin concerto but its an extended meditation of pain, loss and a final acceptance.  A quite remarkable piece.  There is just one recording currently - a very fine one - but the word is that BIS are looking to record it sometime soon....


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Re: Night Music
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2017, 03:01:11 PM »
Since you included non-classical, I would suggest Miles Davis' (I mean Bill Evans') "Blue In Green."


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Re: Night Music
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2017, 01:54:24 PM »
Since you included non-classical, I would suggest Miles Davis' (I mean Bill Evans') "Blue In Green."

The entire Kind of Blue album could be included, for that matter. :)
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 03:27:39 PM »
Two colorful third symphonies: Szymanowski's Symphony no. 3 Song of the Night and Rangström's Symphony no. 3 Song under the Stars.
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 08:13:31 PM »
Then there’s Sibelius’ Night Ride & Sunrise.
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Re: Night Music
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2017, 02:41:16 AM »
Medtner's Sonata in E minor, op.25/2, "Night Wind", one of his most grand and potent creations. It is a vast one-movement work in two major parts: an Introduction and Allegro sonata-form, followed by a Fantasy capped by a shadowy but active Coda, the latter entirely based on material presented in the Introduction. In Geoffrey Tozer's words, this sonata "has the reputation of being a fearsomely difficult work of extraordinary length, exhausting to play and to hear, but of magnificent quality and marvelous invention."

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Re: Night Music
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2017, 12:25:21 PM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Ux2l7bZYdyg" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Ux2l7bZYdyg</a>

Gorgeous stuff.
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Re: Night Music
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