All of your favorites, in one place.
The Spring of Chosroes from Morton Feldman was a sumptuous carpet reputed to have been made for the Sassanian King Chosroes I (sixth-century A.D.). Woven with silk, gold, silver and rare stones, the carpet depicted a garden akin to Paradise. The image of this legendary rug remained with Feldman throughout the composition, inspiring the isolated "gems" of sound, the translucent, interwoven harmonic timbres, and suggesting the form of thework. The Sonatafor Violin and Piano by Artur Schnabel was written in 1935, and given its premiere in 1944. If I were to suggest a somewhat more familiar work that appears similar to me in many ways, it would be the Duo by Roger Sessions, dating from 1942. Indeed, Sessions talked to me quite lovingly about his regular luncheon meetings with Schnabel, during which time Roger would ask Schnabel’s advice about piano playing, and Schnabel would discuss composition with Sessions. For me, both works emerge out of a post First World War common European language that, while it never grew into a school or specific style, nevertheless produced various works of significant beauty, all too sadly ignored. One copy available.