Classical Music goes Neo-Classical – Out of the 19th and into the 20th Century

The vast interval separating the “out” and “in” should be self-evident. Just one comparison worth noting is the way that Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #1 sounds as if it were written as a deliberate parody of Tchaikovsky’s very famous piano concerto. Not that listening to Prokofiev’s piece in isolation would crack anyone up. But after listening to him, it’s hard to go back and listen to Tchaikovsky’s piano music without laughing out loud. Prokofiev, it must appear to us, is writing deliberately to render Tchaikovsky obsolete. What, in turn, do we hear when listening to Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” back to back with Tchaikovsky’s?

Ugh:




Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(1840 – 1898)

“Symphony Pathetique”
“Serenade For Strings”
“Violin Concerto #1 in D Major”
“Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat Minor”
“Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture”

Hot!:

Sergei Prokofiev
(1891 – 1953)

“Romeo and Juliet – Introduction”
“Piano Concerto #1 in D-flat Major”
“Violin Concerto #1 in D”
“‘Classical’ Symphony #1 (Allegro)”
“Piano Sonata #7 in B-flat Major”
“Sinphonietta (Allegro Giacosso)”


Igor Stravinsky
(1882 – 1971)

“Dance of The Firebird”
“Petrouchka (Russian Dance)”
Violin Concerto #1 (Toccata)”

Dmitri Shostakovich
(1906 – 1975)

“Jazz Suite #1 – Foxtrot”
“String Quartet #2 in A Minor”
“Piano Concerto #1 (Allegretto)”
“Violin Concerto #1 (Nocturne)
“Violin Concerto #1 (Passacaglia)


Piet Mondrian
Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1943.
Oil on canvas 50″ x 50″
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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