2019-04-18 New Music

Where do you find new music? For many years, I listened to Sounds! on the Swiss national radio. I faintly remember not being able to download the podcast when I wasn’t in Switzerland. That really made me angry.

Today I was listening to the Brahms symphonies. The recordings of the four symphonies I have are the only thing other than the German Requiem I have written by Brahms. I started wondering. Where to start?

@fitheach and @ted recommended Musopen (”We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”) because they also have a music catalogue (”Royalty free music recordings”). Interesting. If you sign up for the free plan, you get five downloads per day. It doesn’t sound like much, but how much new music do you want to download every day? Perhaps that is enough. The next level is $55/year. It seems a bit expensive but perhaps only because I’m interested in the recordings and not the sheet music.

That reminded me of Magnatunes. I think I bought an album or two from them many years ago. I listened to Ivan Ilić playing Brahms and Schumann for a bit. [1] And perhaps $300 for their entire catalogue is a good deal? (That ad has interrupted my listening twice, now. Still better than the interruptions on YouTube, though.) I’d have ten years of listening for sure! Now I’m listening to La Reverie: Cantica. But $300! Wow. Then again, if I’d buy CDs, that’s just 10 CDs here in Switzerland. Surely I’ll find 10 good albums on Magnatunes.

@xosem recommended IMSLP (the International Music Score Library Project): “The ultimate goal of the IMSLP is to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers (or their estates) who wish to release them to the public free of charge.” The site also has recordings, however. The first symphony, for example, has a recording from the Swiss national radio, 1962, and from the University of Chicago Orchestra, 2006. Very cool!

Anyway, @fitheach recommended the violin concerto opus 77 and @cerisara recommended the hungarian dances. @cerisara also recommended Brahm’s clarinet quintet [2].

@wrenpile recommended the two serenades, Serenade No. 1 in D major for orchestra and Serenade No. 2 in A, Op. 16 and provided two YouTube links to recordings by Istvan Kertesz [3][4] and he recommended Sonata for Piano and Violin No.1 in G major, op. 78 by Kremer and Afanassiyev [5] “For sheer molten gorgeousness”. All right! I’m looking forward to this.

Thank you all.

Remember the beauty of youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 URL! See 2016-12-20 Extract YouTube Audio for more.

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