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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8680 on: July 25, 2022, 07:32:11 AM »
I'm fairly sure we have letters from Mozart, Beethoven, and others complaining about not being appreciated by contemporary audiences. So you're in good company.

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« Reply #8681 on: July 25, 2022, 08:41:35 AM »
Thanks. I feel like it was bad form, whining like that, but I had to let it fly.

Steady as she goes, Karl.  :)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8682 on: July 25, 2022, 09:44:11 AM »
As an old schoolmate was wont to say: Maintain.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8683 on: July 25, 2022, 12:31:32 PM »
As an old schoolmate was wont to say: Maintain.

That will do, Karl.  :)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8684 on: July 25, 2022, 04:13:48 PM »
Charles Ives comes to mind: I think he was nearly 80 before he heard his Symphony #2 via a small radio, in a performance by the New York Philharmonic with Bernstein, and then, 2 or 3 years later, Ives died.

 Gustav Mahler had become interested in his Third Symphony.  This essayist examines why Mahler found the piece of interest - and spent time to examine it - when he was very sick with a heart infection and when he was working on his own Symphony #10:

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... remember that one of Mahler’s most important innovations, and surely the one he took the most criticism for throughout his career, was his introduction of popular, even banal or kitschy styles of music into the symphony. Imagine his surprise when reading the Ives for the first time. Where Mahler draws from Klezmer tunes, country dances and urban waltzes, military marches and ceremonial funeral music, Ives uses church hymns, Stephen Foster songs (albeit, not in the 3rd), jaunty marches and naïve sounding chorales.

However, even their shared use of the profane (yes, in the hallowed halls of classical composition, the inclusion of American church hymns in a symphony would certainly qualify as profane!), and their shared exploration of new techniques would not, in my opinion, be enough to tear Mahler away from his Tenth for even ten minutes.

What I think must have fascinated Mahler was not the materials and techniques Ives was using, but the meaning Ives found in them. In Ives, he found another composer who was wrestling, in a very profound way, with the same questions of musical space and time, of the intersection the controlled musical world on stage with the world around it.


See:

https://kennethwoods.net/blog1/2009/05/01/ives-and-mahler-kindred-spirits-and-spirituality/


Of course, Mahler died before he could have conducted the Ives Symphony #3.  Bad luck for both composers!

But imagine the difference it (probably) would have made for Ives' career!

Anyway, Ives did not compose much at all in his later years, so Karl has the good fortune to retain the energy and concentration necessary to keep composing music!   0:)
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8685 on: July 26, 2022, 04:33:57 AM »
Had a good Triad Repertory Committee mtg (via Google Meet). The piece of mine I'm offering is indeed the Sanctus from the Op. 106 Mass, which hasn't yet been sung. Its chromaticism will require rehearsal. Atop the traditional challenges ("not too much sacred music," "Is there too much slow music?") we must keep in mind the result from a post-concert survey, that the singers felt we didn't have quite enough rehearsal time for the music.
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Re: Henning's Headquarters
« Reply #8686 on: July 29, 2022, 06:59:27 PM »
The future of the Henning Ensemble has become somewhat uncertain. Our violinist needs a sabbatical, which needs to be a bit open-ended. And fellow composer and hornist Pam Marshall is about to spend some weeks in Portugal, exploring the possibility of moving there.

We are beginning to think more seriously about recruiting new members.

We have an October date at King's Chapel and are starting to assemble a program. We've also got a date at the Woburn Public Library to repeat the program that same week.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
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[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot