<< -- 2 -- Bill Newman 'LIGHT SHINING THROUGH'
One of Satie's Sports et Divertissements had intrigued
me. On the screen above her piano, the words 'Mazurka by Schubert' flashed
across my vision. Surely he meant Chopin? 'But that was his joke !
It's a lovely comment, isn't it? The texts are so gorgeous
-- he wrote them himself -- and it was his satirical comment on society at
the beginning of the 20th Century. He always found high society amusing,
and he would find the same today as it was 80 or 90 years ago.'
I compared him with his colleague Milhaud whose deeply biting satire
and occasional ventures into atonality took him in other directions, in
a worldly sense making his music astringent. Yet, hearing familiar orchestral
scores in chamber settings improves their clarity; one grasped the structure
more easily. They sounded new. This brings me on to the subject of repertoire
rarities that Tal and Groethysen are involved with at the present time.
'The première of a Reger work -- the Suite Op16 dating from 1895.
Written for the organ at the time he was experiencing a crisis -- personally
and artistically -- he wasn't capable of writing the way he wanted
to, but with this suite achieved a breakthrough. Reger described it as "In
the manner of Bach" to whom he expressed his gratitude, and it is his
appeal to the good angels to help him.'
Copyright © 5 December 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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