July 2015

  1. Obscure Music Monday: Raff's Metamorphosen

    Joachim Raff was a promising composer in Germany in the mid-1800's, but chose his own path. Criticized by both the schools of Wagner and Brahms, Raff's music fell into obscurity in the 1900's, even though it shows great promise and much of the fine technique of the romantic era. Today we look at his Metamorphosen, the third of his 3 Klavier-Soli, Op.74. Continue reading →
  2. Obscure Music Monday: Kalkbrenner's Septet

    Friedrich KalkbrennerKnown foremost as a pianist in his time, Friedrich Kalkbrenner was also an accomplished composer. Looking through his output, one sees a significant amount of solo piano music, with a few chamber works (and a very limited selection of vocal works). Today we turn to Kalkbrenner's chamber output, with his Septet, Op. 132, also known as the Grand Septet. Continue reading →
  3. Obscure Music Monday: Fibich's Piano Quartet

    Zdenek_FibichThough often overshadowed by his Czech contemporary, Antonin Dvorak, Zdeněk Fibich was a very talented composer during the late 19th century. Best known today for his theatrical works and the piano series Moods, Impressions, and Reminiscences. While a powerful symphony writer, Fibich is often at his best in his chamber works, such as the Piano Quartet we present today. Continue reading →

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