Author Topic: Eyvind Alnaes (1872-1932)  (Read 141 times)

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Eyvind Alnaes (1872-1932)
« on: December 04, 2020, 11:03:48 AM »
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-born Fredrikstad, April 1872 - died Oslo, Christmas Eve, 1932)
-after attending musical institutions in Norway, he studied at Leipzig Conservatory (1892–4) under Reinecke (composition) and Ruthard (piano) - attendance at this hotseat of Brahms' circle can be heard in his music
-to quote the New Grove:

     ... he began composing in a distinctly late-Romantic style with complex harmonic ornamentation; some of the later works, however, show a tendency towards an Impressionist handling of chords and freer experimentation with dissonance. Though Norwegian folk music is rarely a direct influence, its presence informs his melodic lines in his more ballad-like settings, which are almost always of Scandinavian poets. His orchestral music is bolder, the later music in particular: the Second Symphony still has audible roots in Norwegian Romanticism, but it is invigorated with a rhythmic vitality and sense of orchestral colour reminiscent of Janáček.


scant works list

Orch:
Symphony in c, 1897
Symphony in D, 1923
Symfoniske variasjoner, 1909
Piano Concerto, 1914
8 songs with orchestra, 1904, 1913–20, 1916

Chamber
Suite for 2 violins & piano, Op.36
Symfonisk marsj, for two pianos
many piano pieces
Norsk pianoskole, 1931

Vocal:
many choral pieces, choral folksong arrs., c100 songs
« Last Edit: December 04, 2020, 12:50:53 PM by Scion7 »
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Re: Eyvind Alnaes (1872-1932)
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2020, 11:57:55 AM »
Thanks for starting a thread about this composer. Recently I gave his PC a try, a remarkable piece. And his symphonies, despite being only two, they possess memorability, awesome orchestra writing, and distinctive Nordic (Norwegian) flavour. Hopefully all of this music will be recorded someday.
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Re: Eyvind Alnaes (1872-1932)
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2020, 12:53:33 PM »
I think this is the only way to listen to any of the chamber music at this time:

Op.36, 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsPq4syKUsk

Op.36, 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg6B6HBshrw

Op.36, 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY-J5_W_Ca8
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Re: Eyvind Alnaes (1872-1932)
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2020, 03:29:11 PM »



^ Another beautifully packaged Toccata disc. 
I don't think there is anything outstanding in the piano works, though but it's pleasant enough.





« Last Edit: December 04, 2020, 03:43:54 PM by Scion7 »
The Germans, who make doctrines out of everything, deal with music learnedly; the Italians, being voluptuous, seek in it lively, though fleeting, sensations; the French, more vain than perceptive, manage to speak of it wittily; and the English pay for it . . . - Stendhal