I’ve been listening my way through Stravinsky..

while I work on job applications and research. Today I got to the lieder and was delighted to learn that Stravinsky set a number of songs by English poets to music — including Shakespeare, Thomas, and Lear. If you’re not into 12-tone/serial music the lieder probably aren’t for you, but I kind of love the eery effect of the 12-tone technique on ‘Full Fathom Five’. (The song is also beautifully melancholic in the traditional composition.)

Anyhow. Stravinsky is, like Rachmaninoff, a bit more difficult to keep in one’s head while working on other things, so I’m going to work my way back through his works with fuller attention once I’ve given them a first listen. So far his Reynard the Fox and The Nightingale are my favourites (well, after Rite of Spring). Tomorrow is The Rake’s Progress, which I’ve heard is not everyone’s favourite opera, but we’ll see.

6 November 2014


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