In this week Between Birds of Prey is a sort of tribute to some very important composers of the 20th century whose birthdays were celebrated in the last weeks: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis, Francis Poulenc, Robert Wittinger and John Tavener.

With this composers in mind, I created an episode which is a journey through some important musical landmarks in the musical maze of the past century.

The title of this episode is inspired by the book “The Rest is Noise”, which is an excellent introduction to the history of the 20th century music:

The playlist and audio are as follows:

  1. Luigi Nono – A Pierre, Dell’Azzurro Silenzio, Inquietum (Quando Stanno Morendo)
  2. Kaija Saariaho – Lonh for soprano and electronics (Private Gardens)
  3. Bela Bartók – Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta – Andante tranquillo (Bartok, Works for Piano and Orchestra)
  4. Olivier Messiaen – Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum: ‘L’heure vient ou les morts entendront … (Couleurs de la Cite Celeste/ Et Exspecto…)
  5. Iannis Xenakis – Metastasis (Orchestral Works & Chamber Music)
  6. Krzysztof Penderecki – The Awakening of Jakob for orchestra (Krzysztof Penderecki, vol. 4)
  7. Robert Wittinger – Introitus (Maldoror-Requiem, Op. 42)
  8. Arnold Schönberg – Pierrot Lunaire: Mondestrunken (Pierrot Lunaire, String Trio)
  9. Arnold Schönberg – Pierrot Lunaire: Colombine (Pierrot Lunaire, String Trio)
  10. Arnold Schönberg – Pierrot Lunaire: Nacht (Pierrot Lunaire, String Trio)
  11. Witold Lutosławski – Songs for soprano and orchestra – No.4 Rycerze/Knights (Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works/Songs/String Qt)
  12. Edgard Varèse – Un Grand Sommeil Noir (The Complete Works of Edgar Varèse)
  13. Alban Berg – Karl Amadeus Hartmann – Sieben Frühe Lieder (1905-1908) – Nacht (Tief In Der Nacht)
  14. Francis Poulenc – Mélancolie (Trésors Du Piano)
  15. Philip Glass – Opening (Metamorphosis)
  16. Philip Glass – Metamorphosis 2 (Metamorphosis)
  17. Morton Feldman The Rothko Chapel 5 (Rothko Chapel)
  18. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman; John Tavener; Yo-Yo Ma – VII. The Protecting Veil (Tavener: The Protecting Veil; Wake Up…And Die)
  19. Henryk Górecki – Lento e Largo – Tranquillissimo (Sinfonia n.º 3, Op. 36)

Between Birds of Prey #109 – The Rest is Noise.mp3

Between Birds of Prey #109 – The Rest is Noise.cue

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