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Ep. 4 - It's Accessible: Modern Music Debunked (feat. Drew Hamrick)
55 minutes Posted Feb 2, 2021 at 12:00 am.
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Episode 4 - It's Accessible: Modern Music Debunked (feat. Drew Hamrick)

Ever been put off by 20th century orchestral music? Too "modern sounding" for you? Not enough melody? Prefer Rachmaninoff or Tchaikovsky? If you've answered "yes" to any of the above, boy do we have the show for you! Today, Drew & I show you just how accessible 20th Century music can be!

After introducing the "how" and "why" of this episode, Drew and I dive into each decade of the 20th century and show you examples from each. These pieces are not only important, but also accessible and not too far out there for the ear/mind to digest when you're listening to them. We each choose 1 piece of music per decade, and since there's so much music, we have to throw some honorable mentions in there! We then pick one of the two and play an audio clip to give you a taste. We hope you not only have fun along with us, but that this also gives you a new appreciation for 20th and 21st century music. Hopefully it will encourage you to find your own favorites! Have some we didn't mention? Let us know!

Join us next week for part 2! 1960s - now!

Our picks (Drew's & Wojciech's)
**doubles are omitted and substituted
1900s: Debussy: "La Mer" & Sibelius': "Finlandia"
Honorable mentions: Dohnanyi Serenade in C, Sibelius Symphony no. 2

1910s: Stravinsky: "The Firebird" & Vaughan Williams: "Lark Ascending"
HMs: Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" & Edmund Thornton Jenkins' "Charlestonia: A Folk Rhapsody"

1920s: Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue" & Gershwin: "American in Paris"
HMs: Honegger: Cello Concerto & Respighi: "Pines of Rome"

1930s: Prokofiev: "Peter and the Wolf" & Carlos Chavez: "Sinfonia India"
HMs: Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije &  Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite

1940s: Copland: Symphony no. 3 & Moncayo: "Huapango"
HMs: Copland: Appalachian Spring & Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

1950s: Weinberg: Fantasia for Cello & Orchestra & Shostakovich: Festive Overture
HMs: Price: Dances in the Canebrakes & Lutosławski: Dance Preludes for Clarinet & Ensemble

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