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Initial post: 13 Nov 2012 23:30:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 01:27:07 GMT
mancheeros says:
Hans Werner Henze and Elliott Carter, two 'major' figures of contemporary classical music, have recently died. I wonder how their legacies will be regarded in the years to come.

From the obituaries and related stuff I've been reading, Henze's prolific and very eclectic output might count against him (he had too many 'voices' it has been argued), though I find his music, as do many others, remarkably approachable and even quite lyrical for a contemporary composer. Carter's uncompromising music, however, seems to be admired for its technical rigour and complexity, and therefore has a much smaller following. That situation is not likely to change in the foreseeable future.

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 10:39:31 GMT
Bruce says:
Of course it is sad that they have passed on - but it is encouraging that this was noted in most papers and news sites - there is still a place for serious music. Hopefully they will be remembered.

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 16:13:32 GMT
Glad to see it's not just me with Henze. I've been giving his stuff a go over the years but I've often wondered when the real HWH will stand up.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 21:56:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2012 21:57:06 GMT
JayJayDee says:
Was it with Ondine, or was it with ...
The Tedious Way to the Place of
Natascha Ungeheuer?

Personally I wish he could have stopped off half way and given us a challenging but listenable song or two.
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