A very curious NTT indeed! That open-string pizzicato opening is a head scratcher, especially since it's followed by those classical cadences. The string writing sounds just a little more on the modern side of the classical era, but in the end, I think I'm going to guess Haydn, because you never go wrong ascribing weirdness to him, and he wrote so much. I feel like I know a lot of the Haydn quartets, but there are like 60-something of them, so it could easily be one I don't know.

That is, of course, assuming that it's a quartet. The textures might have been a tad thicker than that, but I would say it's nothing more than a quintet or sextet at the most. My next best guess from the style and hint would be Schubert; he has — what? — fifteen quartets? I don't know them all.

I'm stopping there. Haydn and Schubert are as much as I can come up with.

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Jan 29·edited Jan 29

Enescu a one hit wonder?? I think I can hear the entire country of Romania protesting from New York.

Also, that's a thought-provoking, if unnuanced, quote of Blackwood's. RIP!

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I will have to weigh in on the Mäkelä discussion later after I see him conduct Chicago mid-Feb. Program is the Swan of Tuonela, an American premiere of a Jimmy López Bellido work, and Mahler’s 5th. The website copy for the concert quotes Le Monde to note Mäkelä’s “ great affinity with Mahler".

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One of my strongest memories of Easley is very carefully walking our class through the slow scalar opening of the finale of Beethoven’s 1st. RIP.

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