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A Worthy Companion

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 DSC04376 I like Schoenberg. And I like Philip Glass. But, when you pair Glass' own arrangement of his 3rd symphony with Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht for string sextet - as the Glass Chamber Players did last night at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Hells Kitchen - there's no question which piece stands out as the more distinct and provocative. The Schoenberg, with its roller coaster swings from soft to emphatic (and back again), was as dramatic and impassioned as the Glass was static and monotonous. (Not to mention Schoenberg composed his masterpiece at the tender age of 25.) Which brings up the inevitable question: is it possible we've actually gone backwards in our musical development over the past century? (More pics below.)