Thursday, December 18, 2008

Glad Tidings & Modernist Ornaments

100% Nutcracker-free radio playlist!
Arnold Schoenberg: Weihnachtsmusik (1921) for string quartet, piano and harmonium
Igor Stravinsky (after J. S. Bach): Chorale Variations on "Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her" (1956) for chorus and orchestra
George Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 (1980) for piano
Joan Tower: Snow Dreams (1983) for flute and guitar
Poul Ruders: The Christmas Gospel (1994) for orchestra and sampled percussion
Zoltan Kodaly: Advent Song [Veni, Veni Emmanuel] (arr. 1943) for mixed chorus
James MacMillan: Veni, Veni Emmanuel (1992) for solo percussionist and orchestra
Christopher Rouse: Karolju (1990) for chorus and orchestra
Listen to the Schoenberg piece via Kyle Gann's blog -- that is one pretty little piece.

The Ruders piece is a ten-minute soundtrack to a Danish TV movie that tells the Christmas without dialogue and in a blend of live action and animation. Sounds kind of trippy based on the music.

I was really happy with the mic breaks this time -- finally -- but the damn CD-R machine somehow erased all my tracks before I finalized the disc, so unfortunately the show is lost to all time. Well, shoot.


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