Introducing a new feature: Music we've been missing
When you consider how much classical music has been created over the centuries, it's kind of pathetic how little of it we actually hear, especially in concert halls and opera houses. An awful lot of programmers and audiences, and far too many musicians, prefer staying largely within a narrow path of the tried and true, the familiar and already popular.
I understand box office concerns, of course, but there should still always be room for something different, something that takes the blinders off our ears and wakes us up to what we have been missing.
So I'm starting a humble little feature on the blog that will regularly highlight an example of the musical trove that, for one reason or another, has been widely overlooked. I won't just focus on music of the past; there are many living composers whose valuable work is ignored in favor of the well-worn stuff that comes back year after year. (Feel free to make your own suggestions along the way.)
To start, I let today's date -- July 14 -- determine my choice, since this happens to be the birthday of ...
a British composer whose beautifully crafted music is all too rarely encountered on our shores: Gerald Finzi (1901-1956). When was the last time you went to a concert and found his Eclogue on the bill? I've never heard it live, and only rarely on the radio. This gentle work for piano and strings deserves much more attention.