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  •  nice tags (6+ / 0-)

    i particularly like the middle one.


    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 10:56:55 PM PST

  •  Note "Ist est genug" in the last movement (5+ / 0-)

    It steals my heart to hear Berg doing that.

  •  For the Second Viennese School (and this is (4+ / 0-)

    a serial composition, in part) Berg shows his bigger affinity with Mahler than his friends did. I like to think it's where Mahler would have gone, but you know, Berg and Mahler are buried just a short walk away from one another. I Grinzing, I mean, not in music.

    What this REALLY is is an extension of late Wagner. Believe it or not, and it's really sexy.

    Now my teacher was very influenced by Schostakovich, who was VERY influenced by Mahler and Berg (he actually knew Berg) but if you know any Schostakovich, you'll understand the influence, especially in his String Quartets and later Symphonies.

  •  it's what time it is. (1+ / 0-)
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    stamped on this here comment.
    i'm going to listen now.
    but i gotta rassle ya for b-e-e-t-h-o-v-e-n-'-s.

    Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

    by greenbird on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 01:28:00 AM PST

    •  aw, commie. (1+ / 0-)
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      i just don't KNOW how folks play like that.
      i also don't know how folks WRITE like that.

      that damn mahler just shakes it ALL out of ya.
      Francis Bacon of the ears. with flowers. and a comet.

      so. i give. you know.
      (there was a cadenza?)

      magnetic fields. singular to the senses.

      Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

      by greenbird on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 02:00:25 AM PST

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      •  plus ... (1+ / 0-)
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        musical idiots like me have to go to the info to learn that the composer was berg, not mahler, and that the violinist was mr. joy himself, the perl-man can.

        hang head in shame ? no. mahler woulda loved it. and good on berg to tackle those giants.

        Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

        by greenbird on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 02:04:52 AM PST

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  •  I tried to play a violin for six years, (3+ / 0-)
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    when I was a kid in school.

    I was never any good at it.

    I mean,
    if I truly focused,
    I could play one good note,
    make it sound real nice.

    Thing is,
    music is written
    with lots of notes,
    and you are supposed to move on,
    to the next,
    and the next,
    sometimes quickly!

    How was I supposed to hit that next note,
    and get my finger in the right spot on the right string,
    and draw the bow just right,
    not too rough,
    not too light,
    and then do it all again and again,

    Maybe I'll buy me a violin,
    before I die,
    and try it again.

    Maybe I'll buy a saxophone,
    and learn some jazz.

    Thanks for the music,
    on a cold winter morning.

    How are you doing,
    with your widower's grief
    during the holidays?

    My Tonia is keeping me safe
    from too many memories
    of my first wife, Pam,
    and the holidays when she was dying,
    but still smiling....

    Take care.

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    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 04:25:20 AM PST

    •  sometimes quickly! (1+ / 0-)
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      "Too many notes"

      Bugjac - if it's any consolation, I am a fairly good guitarist, bassist, and pianist, and could barely get past "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on violin.

      As for this piece - a major work, but I try not to put labels like "best ever" on things.  It's so subjective from one person to the next, even from one moment to the next with the same person.

      Serialism is not agreeable to many people's ears, but Berg (and Webern) had a knack for adding a tonal aura to what is essentially an atonal composition technique.

  •  You ain't heard nothing (0+ / 0-)

    until you've heard Anton Webern conduct it.  A daring, hyperromantic performance such as the Second Vienna School really had at heart -- and so unfaithfully faithful to the score. :-)

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    by corvo on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 05:57:41 AM PST

  •  For music lovers on a tight budget... (3+ / 0-)
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    codairem, tampaedski, lulusbackintown

    ...head over to Amazon's MP3 store.

    Once you hit their "Browse All Free Albums" page, you'll find free albums of all sorts, but classical music is well represented.  (I bookmarked this page and sorted by "Release Date", so that I can visit it once a week or so catch up on all the new releases; I'm an omnivore where music is concerned.)

    Allegro Classical Winter 2013 Sampler is a good example of what you'll find; Amazon has 7-8 of Allegro's free samplers.

    You'll also find classical compilations on the cheap in Amazon's general catalog, such as Big Great Symphonies Box, Vol 1 for 99 cents.  

    If you're one of those "Oh, I much prefer von Karajan's interpretation with the Berlin Philharmonic - he has such a delicate touch with the violas" snobs, this probably isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you'd like to fill your MP3 player with classical music at a minimal cost, have at it...

    (None of these are affiliate links, and I do not profit in any way from your clicks.  I'm just a cheap music geek sharing the freebies...)

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 05:58:05 AM PST

  •  When you consider (1+ / 0-)
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    that the concerto was written "to the memory of an angel," Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler and architect Walter Gropius, who died in 1935 at the tender age of 18, those haunting chords take on even more intensity.

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

    by wildcat6 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:24:57 AM PST

  •  Tastes differ (0+ / 0-)

    Far too 20th Century for me. I do not like it at all.

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    by exatc on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:05:57 AM PST

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