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Re: Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
« Reply #240 on: September 25, 2022, 06:53:33 AM »
Anyone listening to this composer lately? I just checked out his 1st symphony. I hate to dredge this up after reading a bit of vitriol on the previous two pages of the thread, but I was indeed reminded of Elgar in places :laugh:

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Re: Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
« Reply #241 on: September 25, 2022, 09:41:19 PM »
Anyone listening to this composer lately? I just checked out his 1st symphony. I hate to dredge this up after reading a bit of vitriol on the previous two pages of the thread, but I was indeed reminded of Elgar in places :laugh:
Yes, I think highly of his music. My favourites are symphonies 2,3 'West Coast Pictures',5 'Funebre' and 8 which has a beautiful slow movement.
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Re: Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
« Reply #242 on: September 26, 2022, 05:18:01 AM »
Yes, I think highly of his music. My favourites are symphonies 2,3 'West Coast Pictures',5 'Funebre' and 8 which has a beautiful slow movement.

Agree with your list - also add the concerti and Suite No. 3 for Violin, Viola, and strings is a favorite.  Really all the symphonies are fine (maybe No. 9 excepted but I haven't heard it in a while) but Jeffrey's list are highlights. 

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Re: Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
« Reply #243 on: September 26, 2022, 06:18:53 AM »
Anyone listening to this composer lately? I just checked out his 1st symphony. I hate to dredge this up after reading a bit of vitriol on the previous two pages of the thread, but I was indeed reminded of Elgar in places :laugh:

My memory of the music (having listened years ago) is that it is not "groundbreaking" but that it reflects wonderful melodic and harmonic invention, and skillful use of the orchestra (orchestration). Perhaps the music could remind someone of early Sibelius, or less neurotic Brahms.

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Re: Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
« Reply #244 on: September 26, 2022, 06:58:19 AM »
My memory of the music (having listened years ago) is that it is not "groundbreaking" but that it reflects wonderful melodic and harmonic invention, and skillful use of the orchestra (orchestration). Perhaps the music could remind someone of early Sibelius, or less neurotic Brahms.
Love the 'neurotic Brahms' comment!
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Re: Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
« Reply #245 on: September 26, 2022, 08:29:22 AM »
Love the 'neurotic Brahms' comment!

Mind you, Brahms is my favorite composer. :)

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Re: Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)
« Reply #246 on: September 26, 2022, 11:57:30 AM »
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