Re: Walter Braunfels on cd
Posted by Colin Mackie on January 25, 2016, 4:46 pm, in reply to "Re: Walter Braunfels on cd"
Your observations regarding the neglect of Braunfels are entirely correct, Peter. They would apply equally to a number of German composers of his generation. There are also those composers who, to varying degrees, experienced difficulties in getting their music performed after 1933 but enjoyed a certain measure of exposure within the German Democratic Republic after 1945. I am thinking of composers like Max Butting. He wrote ten symphonies, the first three in the 1920s and Nos. 4-10 between 1942 and 1963. In common with several other composers working in East Germany however Butting's music has been almost completely ignored since his death. |
Your story, Peter, about the reaction of a musician to the mention of the Braunfels string quartets is sadly typical of the attitude of many professional musicians to lesser-known composers. I often feel that many music-lovers, some of whom may frequent forums such as this(!), have a broader knowledge of the musical repertoire than most professional musicians. Of course, "broader" does not, necessarily, equate with "deeper". One may know the names, something of the career and have heard some of the music of a particular obscure or neglected composer without having studied the music in depth. Musicians of necessity are required to study a piece in infinitely greater depth if they are to perform it. There were conductors, for example, who had an astonishingly wide repertoire and were familiar with all manner of lesser-known composers-Vernon Handley for one-but I get the impression that there are fewer of such conductors today.