Started by Owen David, May 22, 2023, 12:52:22 PM
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Quote from: pjme on May 23, 2023, 07:36:36 AMAlbéric Magnard goeds all the way "in olden style"...I was unfamiliar with Magnard so thanks for introducing me to him - a very enjoyable composition. Perhaps he was one of the first composers to define the form of the modern orchestral suite - far removed from the idea of a collection of dances.
Quote from: Florestan on May 23, 2023, 07:53:10 AMI think there is some overlap here between suites proper (best of the lot, Tchaikovsky and Massenet), stage music (many Sibelius instances) and suites abstracted (usually not by the composer themselves) from larger works such as operas, ballets and stage music. I love the first two categories but I'm much less keen on the third, which usually gives only a very pale idea of the whole thing (for instance, Peer Gynt, The Nutcracker and Carmen).
Quote from: vandermolen on May 23, 2023, 01:41:20 PMAren't the Lemminkainen Legends by Sibelius referred to as a Suite? If so they are definitely one of my favourites.
Quote from: Owen David on May 23, 2023, 02:15:53 PMThanks for the recommendation - I wasn't aware of them. I just listened to the fourth section and it certainly had lots of parallels to the Karelia Suite in its structure I think. Didn't seem as melodically strong as the Karelia Suite but I need to give it another listen.
Quote from: vandermolen on May 23, 2023, 10:09:10 PMI love the middle movement of the Karelia Suite and find it very moving in a way. Do try to listen to all the Lemminkainen Legends (AKA Four Legends for Orchestra) which is one of my favourite works by Sibelius. The Swan of Tuonela is sometimes played separately as is the finale, although 'Lemminkainen in Tuonela' is my favourite section.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on May 23, 2023, 11:06:23 PMLight Composers are masters of "suites" (proper - as in how the works were originally composed not an assemblage from a larger score) and best of the best is probably Eric Coates with "London Everyday Suite" the most famous. Don't forget Tchaikovsky's 4 Orchestral Suites which in terms of scale are symphonic but he wrote them as suites precisely to avoid the 'rigour' of symphonic form and development. Sitting betweem the light and the serious are fine suites by GMG's beloved Havergal Brian - his English Suites are great fun as is Grainger's "In a Nutshell" suite
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on May 25, 2023, 05:26:17 PMTwo suites that haven't been mentioned yet and are very popular among listeners (I can think of several members here who love them): Uuno Klami's Kalevala Suite and Frederick Delius' Florida Suite.
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