Then & Now 12/21: Please Don't Cringe!
On this date in 1908, a chamber concert in Vienna provoked a near riot with the premiere of the Second String Quartet by Austrian composer, Arnold Schoenberg. A reporter from the Viennese Daily wrote: "It was like a bunch of singing cats"—and a reporter from Prague newspaper wrote: "Some discords made elegantly dressed ladies cringe under the painful impact on their delicate ears, and elderly gentlemen were at the point of tears from fury. In the middle of all this tumult stood the figure of the composer, who gestured towards the performers in an expression of gratitude and encouragement."
Well, no need to cringe as you listen to Classical WSMR. We’ve got several holiday specials over the next several days to get you in the right spirit of the season. Coming up at 9:00 this morning it’s the St. Olaf Christmas Festival. A service in song that’s become one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. Then tomorrow afternoon join Frank Dominguez for a bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers on “A Concierto Christmas.” And don’t forget to listen to our annual presentation of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live from Cambridge England this Sunday morning at 10:00 and repeated that night at 8:00.