Thursday, August 6, 2015

Charles Tomlinson Griffes - Nocturne for Orchestra

I'd never known until about ten minutes ago that Charles Tomlinson Griffes made this orchestration of the second movement of his great Piano Sonata.   It is incredible.  I've listened to and studied the Sonata and until tonight I hadn't heard the haunting sound like a bugle call at the very ending.  Being written in the wake of WWI and during the influenza pandemic that was killing millions, as it would kill Griffes perhaps within weeks of this being completed it makes what was abstract as concrete as could be.   As the comments at YouTube ask why isn't it played more often?   It's a crime that it isn't.

American Arts Orchestra
Karl Krueger, conductor

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