Top 100 Composers: Carlos Chavez

Ok, I admit, this whole process of trying to pick composers has gotten ridiculous. I look through my 5 or 6 thousand recordings & pick out people whose work I want to revisit. SO, I listen to work by Alberto Ginastera & I like it but it's too programmatic for me & not quite strange enough so I reject it. Then I listent to Chavez & he's a generation younger than Ginastera so I prefer the Chavez when it has similar qualitites to the Ginastera because the Chavez seems more pioneering.

Nonetheless, I listen to all 6 of Chavez's symphonies & I like them but it's really only the "Sinfonia di Antigona" that strongly impresses me & I'm somewhat indifferent to the last 4. I already know that I like his "Toccata for percussion" so that's a plus. Then I listen to his "Polygons" piano solo from 1923 & I'm impressed by its modernism so that clinches it. In the meantime, I've rejected Roldan, Caturla, & Ginastera but I'm not totally convinced that they're not equally deserving of being listed here. A big part of it is probably just that I have more recordings by Chavez so I've had more opportunity to be pleasantly inundated by them. That doesn't seem like much of a recommendation does it? &, yet, of course I like Chavez's work. - November 11, 2017 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

 

"Polygons" - 1923

"Tres Exágonos" - 1923 - 3:25

"Otros Tres Exágonos" - 1924 - 4:53

"Unity" - 1930

"Antigona, Apuntes para la Sinfonia" - 1932 - 6:03

"Cantos de México" - 1933 - 3:40

"Sinfonia de Anrigona" (First Symphony) - 1933 - 10:53

"Corrido de "El Sol"" - 1934

"Obeertura Republicana" - 1935

"Sinfonia India" (Symphony No. 2) - 1935-1936- 12:41

"Xochipilli, An Imaginary Aztec Music" - 1940 - 6:27

"Toccato for percussion" - 1942 - 12:01

"Cuatro Melodias Tradicionales Indias del Ecuador" - 1942 - 6:37

"Third Symphony" - 1951 - 30:57

"Sinfonia Romántica" (Fourth Symphony) - 1953 - 21:54

"Fifth Symphony" - 1953 - 23:43

"Sixth Symphony" - 1961 - 34:28

"Lamentaciónes" - 1962 - 2:16

"Tambuco for percussion" - 1964 - 15:12

"Partita for Solo Timpani" - 1973 - 9:04

"Estudio a Rubinstein" - 1974 - 2:09

"Cinco Caprichos para Piano" - 1975 - 16:01

 

 

 

 

 

 

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