Mar. 4th, 2017

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It's Forgotten Masterpiece Friday!

It's not really clear where Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907) was from, or how his name was supposed to be pronounced. Some sources say he was born in Bozen, then in Austria but now known as the Italian town of Bolzano; others claim he was born in France or Switzerland and moved to Bozen as an infant. And there's further debate over whether his name would have been pronounced in the French manner (one syllable, silent final e), or the German manner (two syllables). In any case, Thuille lost both of his parents at a young age, ended up in Innsbruck where he met and became lifelong friends with a young Richard Strauss, and then went on to study music in Munich where he remained for the rest of his life.

Thuille's other distinction is that he was one of the few German-speaking composers who focused on chamber music in the post-Wagner era, while the trend around him was toward orchestral works that grew ever-larger in scale. His best-known work is his Sextet for Winds and Piano, which begins in Brahmsian form but ends with surprisingly modern flair.
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