Thursday, 7 July 2011

20th Century Piano Music

Stayed up later than I should have tonight searching youtube for pieces of 20th century piano music I like


Poulenc (my favourite piano duet after Percy Grainger's Country Gardens)...

Charles Ives...

Messiaen (he could make a piano sound like a bird - almost)...


Cage (a great draughtsman, too)...

Schoenberg... Mitsuko Uchina talking about playing his piano concerto.  It's challenging music to listen to, but you don't have to be a fan to be inspired by her drive and passion for the music. I'd like to think her video could recruit new listeners...


Percy Grainger...

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Charles Ives and Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ives' use of the Hawthorne story, The Celestial Railroad.

The story itself: 

Ives' Piano Phantasy (based on the Hawthorne story):

Ives' 4th Symphony (second movement, based on the Hawthorne story): 

More 4th Symphony:

Wikipedia: Ives' 4th Symphony

Sunday, 13 February 2011


"OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?"

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Weather Report

I didn't know that this track, Unknown Soldier, had its origin in Zawinul's discovery, as a child, of the dead body of a soldier in Austria in WWII:

Tuesday, 1 February 2011


Stockhausen's obituary in The Guardian from 2007. One of the joys of blogging is that there is no pressure to be topical.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Turnage, Kagel

Listening to contemporary music this afternoon:

Mark Anthony Turnage: Hidden Love Song

Kagel: Les Idées Fixes I

Reading about Turnage's new opera at The Guardian, too.