Theme around three composers, and analysis of one composition of each

  1. Edgar Varèse - Ionisation
  2. Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Quintet Op. 57
  3. Richard Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder (Im Abendrot)

Edgar Varèse (1883-1965)

Oxford Music Online (login Hanze required):

Edgar Varèse: https://doi-org.nlhhg.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.29042

United States of America (Art Music 20th century):https://doi-org.nlhhg.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.28794

Modernism (see musical characteristics): https://doi-org.nlhhg.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.40625

YouTube:

My playlist with items on Edgar Varèse: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUmJV3lSGkGUkhQO5TzukDUlGDuVZuvZI

IMSLP:

Score of Ionisation (IMSLP) PDF

Spotify:

Complete works of Varèse conducted by Riccardo Chailly

https://open.spotify.com/album/1GVXkLXndn3JMWi9bftSZF?si=i60TRfSmRFypQkDWTVY-PA&dl_branch=1

 


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Article Oxford Music Online: https://doi-org.nlhhg.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.52560

Score Piano Quintet Op. 57 PDF

Spotify link (Jansen, Maisky, Rachlin, ...) 

YouTube 2006 documentary A film by Oliver Becker and Katharina Bruner.

YouTube 1967 documentary by Albert Gendelshtein.

John Amis documentary "Shostakovich: Music in the Shadow of Stalin".

Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita (Amazon Kindle)

Playlist Youtube around Shostakovich 


Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Article Oxford Music Online: https://doi-org.nlhhg.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.40117

Vier Letzte Lieder

Charlotte Margiono - RFO / Edo de Waart

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - RSO Berlin / George Szell

Lucia Popp - LPO / Klaus Tennstedt

Poems: 1-3 Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), 4 Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857)

  1. Frühling
  2. September
  3. Beim Schlafengehen
  4. Im Abendrot

texts and translations on lieder.net

Orchestral score PDF

Vocal score (1-4) PDF

Frühling PDF

September PDF

Beim Schlafengehen PDF

Vocal score  Im Abendrot (4) PDF

Harmonic outline PDF

Topics

Romantic Harmony (chromaticism, enharmonicism, linear harmony, colourful chord changes by third-related chords (mediants), triad based chromatic tonality)

Romantic poetry (Eichendorff)

Romantic literature (Bildungsroman)

Romantic painting (Caspar David Friedrich, Albert Bierstadt)

Metamorphosen score PDF