Hymn to the Night

September 26 2013

Francesco d’Avalos. He is still living and comes from an Aragonese Neapolitan family. This is a Mediterranean night, with its ruddy and much-travelled moon, not the Persian night of Szymanowski and Rumi. I find Szymanowski oppressive. D’Avalos’s Hymn could be performed alongside Henze’s Nachtstücke und Arien, which was perhaps an influence. Henze, a thread here, is conducting the Sinfonie-Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks (Radio Francoforte), I suppose at Darmstadt, in 1958.

D’Avalos site.

One Response to “Hymn to the Night”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    The Mediterranean in other twentieth-century music: Milhaud, Walton.


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