Author Topic: The Discourse of Distler's Dilemma  (Read 714 times)

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snyprrr

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The Discourse of Distler's Dilemma
« on: August 17, 2016, 12:43:44 PM »
I just accidentally erased my OP. So, anyhow,... here's the Hugo Distler Thread! :'( I am now listening to a first class Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra (1935) that seems quite compelling to me.Great playing too on YT.

Known mainly for his Choral Music, Distler committed suicide (1908-1942) instead of being forced into the army... odd he isn't more well known for this alone...
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ComposerOfAvantGarde

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Re: Distler's Discourse
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2016, 01:22:31 PM »
He committed suicide from 1908 to 1942? (:

snyprrr

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Re: Distler's Discourse
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2016, 07:32:12 AM »
He committed suicide from 1908 to 1942? (:

took a while to bleed out :o




Listened to some Choral Music... quite nice and moving...

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Re: The Discourse of Distler's Dilemma
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 03:37:11 AM »
A very interesting figure. Like Britten he was a conscientious objector. I'm surprised to see so many discs available (organ or a capella vocal music, mostly). And there are plenty of youtube clips, too. There seems to be a tiny but devoted following in his home country. I'm curious to hear his music. I see Snyprr and Sarge listened to his harpsichord concerto. The work had been banned by the nazis. Wonder what it sounds like.

Short but interesting article here:
http://www.overgrownpath.com/2006/11/hugo-distler-forgotten-victim-of.html


And a longer one here:
http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1584.htm
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snyprrr

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Re: The Discourse of Distler's Dilemma
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2017, 11:06:47 AM »
Wow, Thread's only a year old...


Distler,... I DID enjoy that Harpsichord Concerto,...


move along, nothing to see hear

pjme

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Re: The Discourse of Distler's Dilemma
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 12:01:20 PM »


A great loss - one always wonders what "might have been"...

I really like that crazy last movement of the harpsichord concerto : variations on Samuel Scheidts 'Ei du feiner Ritter', a rythmical  "tour de force", a moto perpetuo that gets really quite wild!

Afaik, he wrote no large orchestral works , other than the concerto. He was indeed mainly a composer of choral music.

P.