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    Dave in Northridge, pico

    a tough nut indeed. Absolutely requires the full attention of the listener. It definitely took several listens to sink in.

    Re: of the things I love about Bartok is he's capable of dropping a gorgeous melody in the middle of all this ferocious/angular/dissonant stuff. For example the 2nd string quartet, 1st movement (written during WWI). It starts off dissonant, and builds towards a climax for about 2 1/2 minutes. The cadence at 2:52 is completely surprising, and then this unearthly melody breaks out. But it only lasts for about 30 seconds or so, and it doesn't really quite come back. It's really striking, having nine minutes of bleak/tense textures interrupted by 30 seconds of beauty.

    Per the discussion in Dave in Northridge's previous Debussy post, Bartok is much more German (working out of themes, attention to form) than Debussy, whose music always seems kind of primordial to me, as if everything is through-composed and very little (especially the later stuff) is based off any sort of pre-existing form. (In fact, young Debussy was a big Wagner fan, and increasingly tried to distance himself from Wagner as he got older, presumably for both aesthetic and nationalistic reasons.)

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    by nota bene on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:04:57 PM PST

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