Spotify-list: Griffiths Modern Music and After (part 1)
I'm using Paul Griffiths comprehensive but still concise overview of the history of modern western art music after 1945, Modern Music and After, in one of my courses. This spotify-list is a collection of some of the central works he is discussing. It doesn't include every piece, but it should at least contain one example from every composer mentioned (if available on Spotify).
Recently the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) sent a radio-documentary about Arne Nordheim and his technician Eugeniusz Rudnik. Nordheim and Rudnik worked together on several of Nordheim's classic electroacoustic pieces from in Studio Experymentalne in Warsaw: Ode to Light (1968), Solitarie (1968), Pace (1970), Poly-Poly/Lux et Tenebrae (1970), and several others. Much of this music can be heard on the album Electric.
The fact however, is that Nordheim never consciously tried to tone down Rudnik’s contributions. On the contrary he often talked warmly about what he called his “superb technician." One example out of many: In the cover of the album Dodeka from 2003, which is a reworking of much of …
Over the last few years I've been pretty busy completing my PhD and working for Store norske leksikon, so I haven't written as much as I want to on music. I recently was asked by the Norwegian classical music website klassiskmusikk.com to do an interview with the composer Ståle Kleiberg. The occasion was Kleiberg's 60th year birthday, that he just put out his second violin concerto and that he's composer in residence for the Greek festival Evmelia.
The letter b has always meant something special in music history. You've heard about the three Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Or was it Berlioz? I prefer Brahms, so I stick with him. We can also add be-bop, booze and... bass guitar. Well, you get it. But who is best of the Bs? This has been the great debate among music historians for decades - even centuries.
I recently got introduced to a service called Topsy, named after the elephant who never forgets. Topsy harvests social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and tumbldr and indexes them. You can then search for any term, and the site gives you beautiful statistics and graphs. For trend analysts it must be marvelous. Drink of choice? Coca Cola: 25 million tweets. Coffee: 125 million tweets, barely more popular than tea at 103 million. Water: 185 million tweets. I go for water.
So I asked Topsy who was the greatest composer, and this is what I got:
The winner is - Bach!
I was rather surprised to see that with 4 million tweets, B…