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Trumpeter Clark Terry, Who Played in 'Tonight Show' Band, Dies at 94 21 Feb 2015 R.I.P
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Listening to Uuno Klami this morning. His Symphony No. 1 is a delightful combination of brass and percussion especially, with a beautiful driving rhythm.
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Thanks so much, +Wellesz Theatre. 
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Such a wonderful album by Moscow String Quartet.
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Another installment of "music that should be played more, at the expense of incessant Mozart/Beethoven."  

Kurt Atterberg is one of those relatively unknown composers whose music, I dare say, would fill the hearts of especially those concert-goers who enjoy hearing some Romanticism every once in a while.  I am one of those people, though I generally prefer Modernist musicians.

Atterberg also, however, has a problematic history of Swedish nationalism that translated into questionable associations with the Nazis.  This should be recognized, but I think his music can still be enjoyed even in light of this knowledge.  May great music never again be made in such deplorable contexts.

http://www.music.ucsb.edu/projects/musicandpolitics/archive/2009-2/garberding.html
 
Modernists thought Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg too Romantic. So he defiantly named his 1942 7th Symphony "Sinfonia Romantica". Up next. @wbjc.com
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This Tribune article on Barenboim helps to put Atterberg in the context of so many great composers with deplorable perspectives.   Why Atterberg, for example, and not Orff or Chopin much less Strauss? http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-05-17/news/0105170137_1_richard-wagner-daniel-barenboim-music-world

"In "The Jews in Music," Wagner wrote that Jews have no true passion for artistic creation. It's ironic that Barenboim, a Jew and one of the leading interpreters of Wagner, should be the one championing the cause to have his music played in Israel--and in so doing demonstrate that Wagner was utterly wrong."  Amen.

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Sallinen Symphony No. 6 this morning. Headphones are required for maximum percussive/brass impact. Wow!  I unfortunately was not able to find a streaming video yet.

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One of the great avant garde legends.
 
TWO WEBCASTS TONIGHT! Pharoah Sanders at 7:30 & 9:30PM EST and The #JLCO w/ @WyntonMarsalis at 8:00PM EST. jazz.org/live #decisions
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I began with Vermeulen Symphony No. 2.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-U1nT3OoOQ
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Léon Orthel's symphonies, like those of Dutch composers such as Flothuis, should be more well known. Unlike some during that time, these two seemed to courageously resist Nazi occupation, in small and large ways. They also created great music. Here is a biography from Wright: http://www.wrightmusic.net/pdfs/leon-orthel.pdf 
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Thank you to +Dutch Composers for sharing these.

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Tugan Sokhiev und Antoine Tamestit interpretieren die Werke von Janáček, Martinů und Rachmaninow mit dem Orchestre National du Capitole in dessen angestammtem Konzerthaus „Halle aux grains“ in Toulouse. Das Programm bietet eine Reise durch Osteuropa in einer Zeit großer musikalischer Kreativität. 
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