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Composer of the month: De Falla
Our composer of the month in October is Manuel de Falla. Together with Granados and Albeniz, De Falla was one of the important advocates of Spanish music both at home and abroad. Folk music almost always plays a role in his works. That is noteworthy because during De Falla’s lifetime, from 1867 to 1947, Spain was anything but a unified state, neither politically nor artistically. Extreme conservatism and religious devotion went hand in hand with anarchism, absurdism and communism. If you are looking for ideology in its sharpest and deadliest form, look to this period in Spanish history. De Falla himself was a Catalan, but studied in Madrid and considered himself to be a Spaniard. That attitude is reflected in, among other things, one of his most famous works, Seven Spanish Folksongs. Spaniards hear the music of the provinces, we hear the music of Spain. Although many of his works became popular precisely because of their Spanish character, De Falla was also looking for a personal touch. His piano works from the first decade of the 20th century are an example of this. Debussy ensured that they were published. Listen? Every September weekday from 16 to 17 hrs.
A Bird named Charlie
Charlie Parker was born 100 years ago on August 29. Charles Christopher Parker Junior, better known as “Bird”, was one of the most important names in the transition from traditional to modern jazz. Charlie Parker influenced generations of saxophonists, and other musicians, both during his lifetime and afterwards, and both positively and negatively. Positively because of his enormous creativity as a musician, negatively because of his enormous drug intake. Charlie Parker died on March 12 1955 at the tragically early age of 34. Concertzender Live is broadcasting live recordings of Charlie Parker’s Quintet that were recorded in the ‘Royal Roost’ in New York (Radio broadcasts from1948), recordings from the Carnegie Hall with Dizzy Gillespie (1947), Parker with strings (1950) and a late-night Jazz at the Philharmonic concert from 1949, also recorded at Carnegie Hall.
The Concertzender in September 2020
Spain is going red, but you needn’t miss anything . This month the Concertzender is paying extra attention to Manuel De Falla. There’s also a lot of coverage of jazz, from Bird (who would have been 100 this month had he not died) to Sung-Mi Hung. And because of course it’s September, we’re kicking off the new culture season with 2 brand new programmes from the Cross links editors. The temperature inside our presenters studio has slowy dropped below 40, we’re psyched and wish you a lot of listening pleasure .See you next month!