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Today in Weird Music History: 1954. Oh yeah, that was a great piece! I’ll write some more.

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2/1 Today in Weird Music History: 1954. 78-year-old composer Havergal Brian hears a performance of his Symphony No. 8, which had not been performed in over 40 years.  He is so inspired that he writes 24, that’s TWENTY-FOUR, more symphonies.  Did I mention he was 78?  Other odd facts include: his real name was not really Havergal; his Gothic Symphony is considered the longest and most difficult ever written; and MORE. Check out this link for more weird details on England’s most eccentric composer: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/movies/devil-of-a-time-staging-cursed-symphony-20120715-223zu.html

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2 Comments

  1. journeythroughnews says:

    That is crazy! An English group that is not quite so crazy is the Philharmonia. Maybe that’s because their recordings don’t fall out of popularity, like what happened to Brian’s symphonies.
    http://etudesforall.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/mendelssohn-symphonies-15-etc-philharmoniaweller/
    http://etudesforall.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/lalo-symphonie-espagnole-saint-saens-ravelphilharmonia-orchestraantonio-pappanomaxim-vengerov/

  2. Now that’s impressive!

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