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Great works of the 1920s
« on: October 23, 2020, 12:55:11 PM »
Given that we're living in the '20s, my interest has been piqued regarding musical works of the decade a century prior. I wanted to make a thread to discuss major works written between 1920 and 1930, to discuss trends and themes shared by composers of this decade, and good performances of said works.

Currently listening to the 1921 original version of Varèse's Ameriques. What a piece! For me it seems both ahead of its time (calling to mind the symphonies of Witold Lutoslawski of 50+ years later) and very of its time, not out of place among composers like Schoenberg or Stravinsky.

What are some of your favorite works from the 1920s? A few others that come to mind are Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Berg's Wozzeck, Lyric Suite, and Kammerkonzert, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Sibelius's Symphony No.7, etc.

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2020, 01:29:36 PM »
One of the best operas of any era: Cardillac, by Paul Hindemith.


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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2020, 02:06:21 PM »
Anotjer lover of Cardillac here!

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2020, 02:17:36 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2020, 02:20:14 PM »
Given that we're living in the '20s, my interest has been piqued regarding musical works of the decade a century prior. I wanted to make a thread to discuss major works written between 1920 and 1930, to discuss trends and themes shared by composers of this decade, and good performances of said works.

Currently listening to the 1921 original version of Varèse's Ameriques. What a piece! For me it seems both ahead of its time (calling to mind the symphonies of Witold Lutoslawski of 50+ years later) and very of its time, not out of place among composers like Schoenberg or Stravinsky.

What are some of your favorite works from the 1920s? A few others that come to mind are Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Berg's Wozzeck, Lyric Suite, and Kammerkonzert, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Sibelius's Symphony No.7, etc.

Pierrot was actually 1912. Just saying.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2020, 02:29:26 PM »
Carl Nielsen has 4 important works composed in this decade, being his Symphony No. 5 the most outstanding one (1921–22). Also his Symphony No. 6 (1924-25), Flute Concerto (1926) and Clarinet Concerto (1928).

Leos Janacek also composed his best works in these years: Sinfonietta (1926), The Cunning Little Vixen (1921-23), The Makropulos Affair (1923-25), From the House of the Dead (1927-28), String Quartet No. 1 (1923), String Quartet No. 2 (1928) and Glagolitic Mass (1926-27).

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 3 (1927) and String Quartet No. 4 (1928).
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2020, 02:57:15 PM »
Carl Nielsen has 4 important works composed in this decade, being his Symphony No. 5 the most outstanding one (1921–22). Also his Symphony No. 6 (1924-25), Flute Concerto (1926) and Clarinet Concerto (1928).

Leos Janacek also composed his best works in these years: Sinfonietta (1926), The Cunning Little Vixen (1921-23), The Makropulos Affair (1923-25), From the House of the Dead (1927-28), String Quartet No. 1 (1923), String Quartet No. 2 (1928) and Glagolitic Mass (1926-27).

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 3 (1927) and String Quartet No. 4 (1928).

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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2020, 03:19:19 PM »
Pierrot was actually 1912. Just saying.

Thanks for the correction; I was thinking it was one of those Schoenberg works whose opus number corresponded to the year in which it premiered, like the 5 Piano Pieces op.23 of 1923. So I change my Schoenberg nominations to the Serenade op.24 (1923) and the Variations op.31 (1926).

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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2020, 03:40:59 PM »
What are some of your favorite works from the 1920s?

FHavergal Brian's Symphony No.1 in D minor (The Gothic)

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2020, 03:45:57 PM »
Thanks for the correction; I was thinking it was one of those Schoenberg works whose opus number corresponded to the year in which it premiered, like the 5 Piano Pieces op.23 of 1923. So I change my Schoenberg nominations to the Serenade op.24 (1923) and the Variations op.31 (1926).

Excellent! Love the Serenade!
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2020, 03:46:31 PM »
FHavergal Brian's Symphony No.1 in D minor (The Gothic)

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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2020, 04:33:55 PM »
Just to add something different than a classic composer, consider:

George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue from 1924 - performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra w/ George on the piano; of course, orchestrated by Ferde Grofé - Dave
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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2020, 04:38:08 PM »
Bela Bartok - while all six string quartets are major works, critically, the two most important have always been:

String Quartet No.3, Sz. 85, BB 93 (1927)
String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91, BB 95 (1928)

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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2020, 04:43:57 PM »
Just to add something different than a classic composer, consider:

George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue from 1924 - performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra w/ George of the piano; of course, orchestrated by Ferde Grofé - Dave

Good choice. You've inspired me to put this on:


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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2020, 07:20:51 PM »
Just to add something different than a classic composer, consider:

George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue from 1924 - performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra w/ George of the piano; of course, orchestrated by Ferde Grofé - Dave

Fun piece!
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2020, 08:52:19 PM »
I was actually plan ing to mention Lady, be Good by Gershwin. And Irving Berlin wrote some wonderful tunes that decade.

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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2020, 11:21:39 PM »
In the "something different" vein, Kurt Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper.

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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2020, 11:49:52 PM »
Hindemith: Kammermusik.  Sorry to mention Hindemith again, but it was a good decade for him.

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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2020, 01:18:49 AM »
The roaring twenties!
A great mix of jazz, singing machines, locomotives , football games, religious ecstasy, sex,
the invention/presentation of the ondes Martenot, Art Déco, drugs and alcohol!

Darius Milhaud: La création du monde (1922-1923)
Alexander Mosolov: Iron foundry, Honegger: Pacific 231, Knudage Riisager: T DOXC, Poeme mécanique, Op. 13 (1926),
Martinu: Half time, Le jazz
Prokofiev: Le pas d'acier, Stravinsky : Les noces
Carl Ruggles: Men and mountains, Suntreader, Angels, Portals, Copland : Organ symphony
Honegger's Judith and Le roi David, Roussel's Psaume LXXX
Poulenc: Les biches

Puccini: Turandot
Janacek: Symphonietta and Glagolitic mass

And from the Low Countries:

Willem Pijper's 2nd and 3rd symphonies
Matthijs Vermeulen: 2nd and 3rd symphonies

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« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2020, 02:53:50 AM »
Some that come to mind:

Manuel de Falla: El retablo de Maese Pedro (1923)
Alfredo Casella: La giara (1924)
Ernst Krenek: Jonny spielt auf (1927)
Georges Enesco: Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano in A minor "dans le caractère populaire roumain", op. 25 (1937)
Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella (1920)
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