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Short but Sweet--Your Help Requested

Posted at 5:26 PM on February 17, 2009 by Rex Levang (2 Comments)

When we sent out a note to Classical MPR staff asking for short pieces that still had a lot to offer, we got some interesting responses, from Bach to Peter Maxwell Davies --you can read about them here.

You can get into the act too. Is there a short piece (say 10 min. or less) that's a favorite of yours? Tell us what it is, in all its brevity--and tell us why it's special--and we'll put your responses in the hopper for this week's "short" edition of Friday Favorites.


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May I recommend 'Summer' by Frank Bridge, who is buired in Friston churchyard in East Sussex, England, a few miles from me here. It's a perfect Sussex summerscape - hot, but with a chilll wind, just to remind you that summer, like life, doesn't last for ever.

Posted by andrew smith | February 19, 2009 5:05 PM


"Chant de la Joie" (if I have the correct French spelling) by Arthur Honegger as I recall is about 6 or 7 minutes long. I had an old LP with that, his Symphony #5, and other short works. Alas, I do not see that this work has been recorded on CD!
Well, there is always Honegger's "Rugby" which is definitely less than 10 minutes!

Posted by Lisa Ragsdale | February 23, 2009 5:21 PM