- Symphony No. 1. Anton Bruckner. Sporadically listening to random tracks may not be the best way to build my connoisseurship of Bruckner's music. But I continue with this the next work catching my attention. And the original stimulus for visiting came from Paul Griffiths' A Concise History of Western Music:
Bruckner's opening allegro starts with characteristic ostinatos (repetitions of short figures), as if winding up some great machine, but is almost immediately on to solid statement...
Just as Griffiths' Modern Music and After had a wealth of interesting ideas to pursue, I have 75 pages of his A Concise History of Western Music marked for followup; Bruckner and Gerard Grisey being the two so far I have explored. In a perfect world, I could click on the text in the book and have it stream from the Internet but I can live without such instant gratification.
- Not a Number. Apparat. Tyler Cowen's post reminded me that yes, I am a taster of music. This means I can usually quickly decide if I like something or not, or even if it doesn't appeal, whether the music merits followup listening. And yet, this group, picked by eMusic and prominently displayed at Amoeba, confounds me. It's a mismash of varied electronica and some Coldplay-ish vocals. Whether that combination is due to superior or inferior creativity is unclear but I do like the many of the song titles: Not a Number, Useless Information, You Don't Know Me, Face Down, etc.