Symphonic works in times of conflict

I’ve recently stumbled upon Enescu’s Symphony Nº 3. Composed in 1918 (rev. 1921), it is an evocative tone poem for orchestra and choir of images relatable to the suffering Enescu would have witnessed throughout the First World War. It immediately called to mind Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, which led to a few thoughts on the role of symphonic and orchestral […]

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