Thursday, 8 November 2012

Steirischer Herbst

The Klangforum’s focus was on Austria, or rather Graz, at their most recent europa, global concert. Klaus Lang has long been a favourite of mine though Peter Jakober’s music interests me more; if only he were programmed more often in Vienna. I mount my young composers soapbox in the full review as in this and many other cases the very Austrian understanding of waiting one’s turn – for those working today this means turning 40 – has never seemed so stupid. There are many historical examples, one of my favourites being the argument, aired just after the war, that it would be unthinkable to award Schoenberg honorary citizenship of the City of Vienna as he had not yet turned 75.

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