Monday, July 16, 2018

Alois Haba: String Quartet No. 3

Some of my listening lately has been Native American music (HT to Bryan Townshend, who linked to some recordings Ida Halpern did of PNW tribal songs). Given the microtonal inflections in PNW Native American song I've been thinking probably the only plausible way to emulate those kinds of vocal inflections in instrumental technique (I'm a guitarist) would be using bottleneck technique, which is neither here nor there for the listening part itself.

And some of my listening lately has been to Alois Haba, who was mentioned by Ben Johnston as one of the forerunners in microtonality alongside Ivan Wyschnegradsky and some others. 

This is Haba's Third String Quartet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U0YzOSTj3M

I don't think I'll probably ever actually compose microtonal music myself but I'm intrigued by it.  Part of the interest is related to having an interest in music by composers from central and eastern Europe, which Western musical pedagogy has .... let's just be mean and say that Western pedagogy tends to stink covering the East because the West sees itself as the be all end all of everything good about humanity in the history of ever.  There's cool stuff.  I adore the music of Haydn and I have regard for the writings of Edmund Burke.  But it's possible to appreciate things in Western culture while noting that that's still, what, a quarter of the whole planet? 

Haba's quarters are not the easiest listening, which is fun for me, because I admit I don't necessarily always do easy listening. 

After so much music from eastern European composers, though, I'm going to have to get back to more Western stuff for links. 

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