No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 11 - Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde

Matthew Friedman Blog Post

In the eleventh episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde,” host Matthew Friedman explores how European composers built a new avant-garde, virtually out of nothing after the Second World War. Growing out of the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, this transnational community of composers sought to build a new music for a new, united Europe, although they could never escape the shadow of Europe’s traumatic past

This episode features music by Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Hans Werner Henze, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Gyorgy Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and J.S. Bach.

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