String Quartets op. 13 & op. 50

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dc.contributor.other Hans Pfitzner es
dc.contributor.other Franz Schubert Quartett es
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-22T15:00:58Z
dc.date.available 1996
dc.date.available 2012-10-22T15:00:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2414
dc.description.abstract Hans Pfitzner was one of the composers who carried the German Romantic tradition well into the twentieth century. Unlike those of his contemporaries Mahler and Richard Strauss, his reputation never seemed to extend beyond the borders of his homeland. Yet there is much that is individualistic and much to admire from his body of work—particularly in his best-known work, the opera Palestrina. Born in Russia of German parents, Pfitzner moved with his family to Frankfurt when he was three. His musical talent manifested itself early on, and he received his first training from his parents. At 14 he entered the Hoch Conservatory, studying composition with Knorr and piano with Kwast. He then began his music career as a teacher, taking a position as a theater conductor in Mainz; the latter proved to be a strategic move, for although it was an unpaid position, it enabled him to have his first opera, Der arme Heinrich, performed. Paid positions now followed, culminating in a multi-position stay in Strasbourg; he became director of the conservatory there, as well as chief symphony and opera conductor. The security of a fixed income produced a creatively favorable environment; he composed prolifically in all forms, favoring opera. The crown of Pfitzner's work is arguably his opera Palestrina (1915), based on the life of the Renaissance composer and quoting passages of that master's music. Pfitzner may have seen himself in the opera's protagonist, as a man who, sticking to his principles, upholds musical tradition against the depredations of power. (The opera treats the legendary effort on Palestrina's part to compose a work beautiful and spiritual enough to foretall the banning of polyphony under consideration by the architects of the Counter Reformation.) Also noteworthy is Pfitzner's cantata Von deutscher Seele (Of the German Soul) of 1920. Both works are in the highly chromatic, richly sonorous tradition of post-Romanticism, and could never be mistaken for mere throwbacks to the nineteenth century. That Pfitzner could work in a less imposing idiom can be gathered from such works as the concise, melodic Symphony in C (1940). But much of the non-German world's reluctance to hear Pfitzner's music may have been been the result of his politics. Always an ardent German patriot, he became enmeshed with the rise of the Third Reich. Yet he counted among his Jewish friends and supporters Mahler, Bruno Walter, and Otto Klemperer, and he was an admirer of Mendelssohn. In any event, as Pfitzner became more disillusioned with Nazism, he expressed disapproval and was thus relieved of his life membership at the Munich Academy of Music in 1934. This and various family tragedies took a toll on the composer's sanity. The wartime destruction of his Munich home left Pfitzner an aging, half-insane street person, but after the war a pension and residence were procured for the composer. He died in Salzburg, officially denazified and with the ban on performances of his music lifted. Although the Romantic revival of the 1960s did not do for Pfitzner what it did for many of his contemporaries, there is much of his output worth hearing. At his best, Pfitzner spoke with the eloquence and intensity of one who consciously lives during the close of a glorious era. © Wayne Gerard Reisig, All Music Guide es
dc.description.tableofcontents String Quartet op. 13 in D major (1902) ; In mäBig gehender Bewegung, Kräftig mit Humor, Sehr langsam attaca, Rondo. Im heiteren Reigentempo-- String Quartet op. 50 in C minor (1942) ; Einleitung. Andante attaca, Andantino, Langsam attaca, Allegro. es
dc.format.extent 54 : 01 min. es
dc.format.medium 1 CD Rom (54 min., 01 seg) : Stereo ; 4 3/4 plg es
dc.language.iso de es
dc.rights Uninorte F.M. Estéreo es
dc.subject.lcc 36913338 es
dc.subject.lcsh String quartets. es
dc.title String Quartets op. 13 & op. 50 es
dc.title.alternative String Quartet op. 13 in D major es
dc.title.alternative String Quartet op. 50 in C minor es
dc.language.rfc3066 ger es
dc.identifier.classification 761203907229 es
dc.subject.cdu Pfitz.02 es


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1. String Quart ... aBig gehender Bewegung.mp3 8:26 5.785Mb MPEG Audio Mp3
2. String Quart ... ajor-Kräftig mit Humor.mp3 5:09 3.536Mb MPEG Audio Mp3
3-4. String Qua ... r langsam attaca-Rondo.mp3 13:49 9.471Mb MPEG Audio Mp3
5-6. String Qua ... ante attacca-Andantino.mp3 11:26 7.835Mb MPEG Audio Mp3
7-8. String Qua ... angsam attacca-Allegro.mp3 14:59 10.27Mb MPEG Audio Mp3
String Quartet op. 13 in D major-Completo.wav 27:18 275.6Mb WAV audio Wav
String Quartet op. 50 in C minor-Completo.wav 26:22 266.1Mb WAV audio Wav

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