NTT: My guess would be Zemlinsky - I'm not aware of what instrument(s) he played, but I do associate him with that early Schoenberg circle and know that he does have some works for larger forces such this piece sounds like it uses.

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NTT: I never would have come up with Franz Schmidt on my own, but I think it's a brilliant guess from Listener Jeremy, so I'm bandwaggoning. I'll add to my bucket Victor Herbert, since I know he was a cellist in Vienna, though the timeline might not be entirely correct. My other thought, musically, was that it could be Korngold. I don't know that he ever played the cello, but he was such a prodigy, who's to say he didn't?

The only thing I did for this week's edition was to give a title to Joey's essay, and when I said that choral accompanists are angels sent from heaven, I meant it. What he neglected to mention is that choral accompanists also need to be brain-readers. As a conductor who has worked with many, MANY choral accompanists, I assure you, this is a quality that all the best possess. In my personal experience, they are often called upon to be amateur psychiatrists for the conductor themselves.

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NTT: I vaguely recall learning the bit of trivia from the hint at one point, but if I ever knew that, I've forgotten it. Since the text is German, and the clue refers to the Viennese premiere, I'm going to stick to Austrian composers here. The music doesn't go the way of later Schoenberg...unless this was early work by one of the others of the 2nd Viennese school, probably not one of them. I think Franz Schmidt was a cellist, so I'm gonna go with him. For funsies, I'm also gonna specifically guess the Book with Seven Veils, since that's the only choral work of his I know.

As always, love the insights into a pianist's working life. I'm curious where choral accompaniment fits into Joey's visions for that collaborative pianists utopia. Is there common ground to be found with chorally-collaborative organists?

For the mixtape, I'd heard of this piece...not sure if I'd ever listened to it. This sort of crossover can go either way for me, and this is one I'd happily listen to again.

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