Friday, September 18, 2009

Composer Leon Kirchner, who synthesized many modern idioms


The New York Times today (Sept. 18) a story by Anthony Tommasini about the death of composer Leon Kirchner at age 90, link here. Kirchner’s style varied, varying from Bartok, through the atonal expressionism of Schoenberg and Berg, to inclusion of electronic music and jazz. The news story discusses his four string quartets, of which the last is the shortest. He also wrote two piano concertos and various other chamber works.

This YouTube clip of Kirchner’s music is the “Trials and Tribulations of Learning Kirchner”.

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