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Joachim Raff : The Hidden Jew
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5/6/2013 3:34:02 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Joachim Raff is just another talent composer during the post-Napoleonic era that has often been eclipsed by the more famous composer of the age such as Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Frederic Chopin. Although being one of the most famous German composer of his time, his works could rival Vivaldi in its vivid and colurful musical story and a simple yet precise and beautiful structure of Mozart, are sadly neglected and forgotten by the music lover today.
What I would like to show you today is Raff's 4 last Symphonies, which is arguably one of the finest pieces of Raff that can be a (relatively) modern Raff's interpretation of Vivaldi 4 seasons. Each of the Symphonies have a theme of season which is running clockwise from Spring (Symphony No. 8), to Summer (No.9), to Autumn (No. 10), and Winter (No.11).
The songs typically show the poetic natural beauty of European season through, rigid, organized classical era (read Mozart) format. I hope you will enjoy and keep his legacy alive rather than letting its fade in to the darkness of musical history.