Natanael Berg

I mentioned a few days ago the first symphony of Natanael Berg (the second symphony is rather a more convincing piece, by the way). I thought I was reasonably au fait with Scandinavian composers of the late Romantic period, but this name was quite new to me. He seems to have been something of an [...]

The Sinking of the Titanic

Back in the late 1970s, in the heyday of the Edinburgh University Experimental Art Society, the largest project the Society ever mounted was a staging of Gavin Bryars’s piece “The Sinking of the Titanic”. This took a whole evening, and filled the McEwan Hall of Edinburgh University. The first part of the production represented the [...]

The Earthquake Mass

The reference to earthquakes in the Easter story is responsible for most of the appearances of earthquakes in the musical repertoire. The office of Lauds for Easter includes an antiphon on the text “And behold, there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven”.

The plainchant melody for this antiphon was [...]