Exposed Fifths
classical music blog
June 27, 2006
Truly Awful
Twentieth Century music can be truly awful. Witness this extract from Bartok's Sonata for 2 Pianos plus Percussion. Now, the piano itself is a striking instrument, it has closer relations with the harpsichord than any other keyboard instrument. So you start with a banging sound, add more banging sounds in the way of gongs, xylophones, and timpani, have no harmony apart from seconds, and you have something that's quite removed from normal conceptions of music.

The Twentieth Century Path broke down somewhere - some say Stravinsky, others Webern, I'll put my hand up and say Bartok was the one who destroyed the public faith. Press play, then go listen to some soothing Wolfgang.