James McFadyen said:There are many great pieces of serialism music, Lauradoll, may I suggest some Webern for your pupils, especially his short works. I love weberns play on colour and atmosphere!
Especially his short works? He only really wrote small compact pieces! I think you can fit his whole lifes music onto 3 cds!
James McFadyen said:Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (by Kristof Penderski) is a fabulous piece! The score is almost impossible to read if you've never seen this kind of notaion before, go to ur uni library and get the score! The piece is filled from start to finish of disaterous sounds, the true impact of this disaster is evident in his composition, a real eye-opener for anyone new to serialism!!!
Unforuantly, the piece was never written about Hiroshima. He mearly sold out when the piece wasn't getting much plays, named it after a disaster and managed to get the piece famous! I think any piece written as a reflection to, a memorial of, should be far more discretly titled. There is a danger of trying to sell your music (perhaps promote would be a better word?) on the back of this kind of disaster.
Cracking piece though.
James McFadyen said:Although you may need to stick on Britten's amazing 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra' just to reminde you of how tonal music can be so fun - even young kids get glued to the speakers for the full 17mins, even if just to hear the powerfull finale!
Good plan. Prefer DJ Ludwig van B myself.