1884 in Music

Music reviews I’ve written for music published in 1884.

 

1. Edvard Grieg: “Seks Songs” Op. 48 (8/10)

The “Six Songs” (op. 48) are compelling as well, but a little less obviously wonderful (to my ears)¬† than some of his other work. I still like them and would recommend them even if you are not into lieder.

 

2. Gabriel Faure: Nocturne No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 37 (8/10)

I didn’t write individual reviews of these pieces, so this is one to revisit.

 

3. Erik Satie: Allegro (8/10)

Publishing a 20 second long “allegro” in 1884 takes all kinds of guts. I’d rank it higher, only it is way too damn short.

 

4. Henri Duparc: La vie antérieure (7/10)

For a piece about reincarnation there is at least some forward momentum to the beginning of this. Honestly, I was kind of dreading this given its title, but it’s got more drama than most of Duparc’s songs for women.

 

5. Edvard Grieg: From Holberg’s Time: Suite in olden style Op. 40 [Orchestrated Version] (7/10)

  1. Praeludium (Allegro vivace)
  2. Sarabande (Andante)
  3. Gavotte (Allegretto)
  4. Air (Andante religioso)
  5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)

This “Holberg” is the orchestral version, so I just have to throw my music snobbery out and say “Gol, I wish it was the original.” That being said, and even though I am not really into classicism, I see a kind of bravery in making such unabashedly traditional music at the height of the romantic era.

 

6. Gabriel Faure: Valse-Caprice No. 2 in G-flat major, Op. 38 (7/10)

I didn’t write individual reviews of these pieces, so this is one to revisit.

 

7. Gabriel Faure: Nocturne. No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 36 (6/10)

I didn’t write individual reviews of these pieces, so this is one to revisit.

 

8. Cesar Franck: Nocturne [orchestrated version] (???/10)

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