Thursday, February 19, 2015

You Decide

On Tuesday we discussed the rivalry between two opposing music camps during the twentieth century headed by Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Today, let’s listen to a famous work by each composer. Do you have a preference or do you appreciate each opposing style?

Schoenberg, Fourth String Quartet, Op. 37:




Stravinsky, Symphony in C:





Did you know that, despite his great opposition to Schoenberg, Stravinsky ended up turning to the twelve-tone method later in life?

3 comments:

  1. Stravinsky, hands down. Schoenberg tried to make people forget the tonal system and ignore the normal human hunger for patterns, familiarity, and repetition in music. Not gonna happen. :)

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  2. It just occurred to me that my tone-deaf friend would appreciate either composer equally. He only appreciates rhythm, and the Schoenberg does that nicely. What an odd thing to be--truly tone deaf.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! To be tone deaf is an interesting concept and one that would certainly effect how someone perceives certain music/composers. I would have to agree with you though, Stravinsky has my vote!

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