We often wonder why things are as they are. It is rarer, yet often more helpful, to consider what we're missing and ask 'Why not?' Tim Smith, music writer for the Baltimore Sun, is doing the latter. In the process he is doing music lovers a service.
Smith, in his Sun blog Clef Notes, has embarked on a series of articles about music we've been missing. Each post focuses on a body of work that has been unjustly neglected in the concert hall. Each features a casual introduction to the music and provides links to media and more information.
The art music scene in the Baltimore-Washington region of the USA provides the locale for Smith's discussion. Since the 1980s this region has emerged as one of the most intrepid in the country for new and rare music. Even so, says Smith, the occasional odd gap occurs. Many compelling works await a hearing. Why not hear them?
Smith launched the series with a discussion of the music of Gerald Finzi on 2009 July 14. This week's feature, coinciding with the 135th anniversary today of the birth of Charles Ives, represents the twelfth in the survey. Links to his posts are provided here. I plan to update this list as the series continues.
14. Florent Schmitt
12. Charles Ives
06. Heiner Goebbels
04. Howard Hanson
02. French Fare
01. Gerald Finzi