Thursday, December 17, 2015
Another composer from the twilight zone
Any Bernstein performance from the archives is noteworthy. But what makes this 2008 double CD from Radio France's Ocora label particularly noteworthy is the coupling of the premiere of '24 Préludes pour Orchestre' by the Romanian composer Marius Constant (1925-2004). Olivier Messiaen, Arthur Honegger and Nadia Boulanger were among his teachers, and he was a member of Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrète. Today, Marius Constant is remembered, if at all, for the title theme for the TV series 'Twilight Zone'. Audiences need permission to like unfamiliar music and classical's twitterati should be playing a much more proactive role in granting that permission for composers such as Marius Constant. Those who have hijacked social media for self-promotion should note Leonard Bernstein's wise words* that: "We don't sell music, we share it". Audition Marius Constant's '24 Préludes pour Orchestre' via this link.
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