Many thanks for sharing some of your favorite “obscure” composers, especially of the classical era! They deserve to be better recognized, also in the music schools, and we shall look up some of the ones we don’t know that both of you have mentioned in your posts.
I sometimes ponder how it is that we allow beauty to become obscured, out of the public consciousness. We enjoyed reading Dr. Farrell’s ideas in Microcosm & Medium, especially how the ugly stuff (e.g., Schonberg, harsh rock bands, etc.,) was deliberately pushed on the public consciousness.
I’m an accordion enthusiast, and despair that many of the modern accordion concertos that are currently presented to the public are harsh and ugly and completely and utterly unpalatable. And I wonder why? The accordion has such rich possiblities for the expression of beauty, just by its design, through expert working of the bellows. Accordion repertoire contains much that is beautiful, and yet, lately, it’s the ugly stuff that the public gets to hear.
Many years ago, we purchased a CD called “Peter Soave & Symphony Orchestra”.
On that particular CD was a piece called “Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra” (in 3 movements) by Carmine Coppola. I have listened to that gorgeous concerto over and over, and never, ever tire of it.
What is interesting is that the composer, Carmine Coppola, was a well-known Hollywood film composer. But no one has ever heard of his extraordinary accordion concerto, which is a beautiful piece of music. Very few symphonies have ever performed this work, and Peter’s CD (which has one of the few recordings of this work) has long been out of print.
It is hard to find Coppola’s piece listened to anywhere, and I dug up the first two movements from an archive of an obscure Vancouver community radio show called “Accordion Noir”, in case anyone is curious how beautiful an accordion (in expert hands) can sound with an orchestra. This belongs in the category of “ultra obscure”…
First Movement (Allegro)
Timestamp: Begins at 17:14 into this recording:
Accordion Noir radio playlist 2010-06-23: Kim Darwin Plays The Accordion And Is Friendly | Accordion Uprising
Second Movement (Andante)
Timestamp: Begins at 35:46 into this recording:
Accordion Noir 2016-10-05: Autumn Leaves : Accordion Noir radio : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive