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Offline liszmaninopin

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Obscure music
on: September 04, 2003, 04:09:57 AM
I would like to start learning some music by more obscure composers.  Some who I have thought about are Sorabji, Xenakis, Roslavets, Faure, and Ives.  Can anyone suggest any especially worthwhile (and preferably acceptable to a more traditional classical audience) works from these composers?

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Re: Obscure music
Reply #1 on: September 04, 2003, 07:13:20 PM
Faure and Ives aren't exactly obscure.   Learn Sorabji if you have LOTS of time and patience.  There's a bunch of obscure russian composers like Liadov, Liapunov, etc.  Alkan is interesting, though impossible.
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Re: Obscure music
Reply #2 on: September 04, 2003, 07:22:32 PM
Yes, Liadov is sweet and Alkan the opposite! The Alkan Concerto for solo piano is wonderful though (Ogdon's recording anyway!),
Ed

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Re: Obscure music
Reply #3 on: September 05, 2003, 06:29:07 PM
Try Liadov's prelude in B minor op 11. Relatively easy with that great Russian nostalgia. As good, IMHO, as the Scriabin etude in C sharp minor op 2. An unknown gem! The only piece my teacher ever nagged me to learn. He loves it and of course he is Russian.
Lyapounov. Try Lezginka. Very atmospheric. Virtousic but easier than Islamey.
Bortkiewicz. Wonderful and obscure. Rich and impressive. Sort of a hybrid of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.
Medtner is well respected and played now a bit more.
Arensky and Glazounov are not terribly gripping.
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Re: Obscure music
Reply #4 on: September 05, 2003, 06:31:20 PM
Faure.
I have considered a lot of his pieces but find that they wander off a bit too much for a general audience.
A real beauty, however, is the first Barcarolle in a minor. And it hangs together perfectly.
Ned

Offline eddie92099

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Re: Obscure music
Reply #5 on: September 06, 2003, 01:34:18 AM
Glazunov had trouble gripping the orchestra too as I'm sure you know the famous story,
Ed
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