WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Composer-Critics of the New York Herald Tribune

Release Date: 05/19/2017 
Label:  Other Minds Records   Catalog #: 1024  
Composer:  Paul BowlesLou HarrisonVirgil ThomsonPeggy Glanville-Hicks,   ... 
Performer:  David GlazerHerbert C. MuellerWilliam MasselosElden Bailey,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlos Surinach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Percussion GroupNew Music String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The vibrant and inventive music in this compilation was written by composers who once made their livings as music critics. How could composers of music as eccentric as this have been entrusted with reviewing classical music, from medieval times to the present, for a major metropolitan daily? Yet, for a brief period from 1940-1954 The New York Herald Tribune maintained a staff of music reviewers who were hired for their ability to comment on music from the inside out, not for an abstruse musical journal, but in clear and plain language for a general audience. Paul Bowles, Lou Harrison, Peggy Glanville-Hicks and John Cage were not mainstream academic figures, but rebellious “other minds,” gathered to his side by the paper’s brilliant and Read more worldly chief critic, composer Virgil Thomson. They were selected for their intellectual curiosity, originality of insight, and powers of articulation to comment upon the daily musical life of their nation’s artistic capital. All of this traits are just as evident in their writing of music as their writing of columns. Read less

Works on This Recording

Music for a Farce by Paul Bowles
Performer:  David Glazer (Clarinet), Herbert C. Mueller (Trumpet), William Masselos (Piano),
Elden Bailey (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Suite for Cello and Harp by Lou Harrison
Performer:  Seymour Barab (Cello), Lucile Lawrence (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Capital Capitals by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Joseph James (Baritone), Joseph Crawford (Tenor), Clyde S. Turner (Tenor),
William C. Smith (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Paris, France 
Sonata for Piano & Percussion by Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Performer:  Carlo Bussotti (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlos Surinach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Percussion Group
Quartet for Strings in 4 Parts by John Cage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title