Das Buch der hangenden Garten (Poems by Stefan George ) sung by Esther Salaman (mezzo-soprano) with Paul Hamburger (piano)
This song-cycle, consisting of settings of fifteen poems by the symbolist poet Stefan George , dates from 1908; it is one of the first works in which Schoenberg suspended tonality. The songs are extremely short, expressive and imaginative. In them Schoenberg fe!t that he was approaching a new ideal which represented a break with the aesthetics of the past, and though this stage ot his development proved in the end to be a transitional one Schoenberg wrote no more songs with piano except for three published shortly before his death.
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Missa Caput sung by the male voices of the Renaissance Singers
Conductor, Michael Howard
First of three programmes of music by Dufay. The recognition of Dufay's Missa Caput, as a choral masterpiece antedates by many years the explanation of its strangely enigmatic title. The credit for solving this musico-liturgical riddle goes to Professor Manfred' Bukofzer of the University of California. He has recently demonstrated that the plainsong melody that pervades the tenor part of the Mass was taken from an antiphon sung at a special service on Maundy Thursday. The antiphon ends with a complex melodic flourish on the first syllable of the word ' caput ' and this flourish provided Dufay's Mass with both cantus firmus and title.
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