1940 in C

August 1 2014

Odd, in a way, to write a C major symphony in 1940. Having juxtaposed Stravinsky and one arch-conservative, Rabaud, let’s put him next to Hans Pfitzner now. Pfitzner, born 1869, returns to his romantic roots, defying the twentieth century, as he had not quite done, for example, in his C sharp minor symphony of 1932, in a 1940 symphony in C.

Allegro moderato, Adagio, Presto. Premiere October 11 1940, I presume in Berlin. Performers here not stated. Pfitzner recorded it with the Berlin Philharmonic, as did Furtwängler with the Vienna Philharmonic, but this isn’t either of those:

Here’s the Stravinsky Symphony in C (he began it in 1938). Moderato alla breve, Larghetto concertante, AllegrettoLargo – Tempo giusto, alla breve. Premiere November 7 1940, Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Stravinsky. This is Solti with the same orchestra:

One Response to “1940 in C”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Pfitzner and Rabaud were both self-described anti-modernists. Rabaud might have been described as rabid. Both died in 1949. This rather clapped-out symphony isn’t Pfitzner’s best work. It seems to quote Beethoven’s violin concerto.

    Stravinsky’s neo-classicism is clapped-out as well.


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