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Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:33 am
It's called William Tell, but quickly morphs to Carmen.
Barney, Sue and I felt the Tell was great-the Carmen didn't work well for us. Regards, Len
PS-I decided to google Donizetti yodel and came up with this about his opera Betley which I have but have never played-that will change tonight!
"The "Swiss" character of the work is highlighted by employing a yodel-type figure in Betly's cavatina In questo semplice, modesto asilo."
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First of all, you should look into Norbert Burgmuller (1810-1836) whose early death at age 26 was, according to Robert Schumann, the second greatest tragedy to befall Germanic music during his lifetime, after only the early death of Franz Schubert.
Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) was a Swedish composer whose music was long neglected but is being revived. He has a number of orchestral works which have received prominent notice, but I am particularly impressed by his less well known six string quartets, which are spread througout his career and serve as benchmarks for his musical development.
Marc Antoine Charpentier (1643-1703). A contemporary of Buxtehude, Charpentier composed both sacred and profane music. The recordings of his works on French Harmonia Mundi by William Christie are particularly lovely.
Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947) was a very fine composer, especially of songs.
Have you, in your musical journeys, come across Alberic Magnard (1865-1914) yet? Very interesting composer and person generally. The manner of his death suggests that he was channelling John Wayne when John Wayne was only 7 years old. Interesting music, too, including four published symphonies and lots of chamber music.
This is just a partial list.
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As John F indicated, the Mozart Ein Musikalischer Spaß [A Musical Joke], K. 522 was recorded by the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet for Westminster. It was subsequently reissued in a 59-CD boxed set by Deutsche Grammophon (all Westminster-based recordings), as catalogue number 812.735, which I was (smartly) fortunate to acquire.
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Stenhammar's quartets are indeed really fine music. My favorite is the fifth, called "Serenade," which often sounds remarkably like Beethoven - a good way for a string quartet to sound - though the quirky second movement is unlike anybody else's music, and Beethoven never wrote anything like the harmonic turns in the quicksilver scherzo, such as the last three chords.
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