But the process really not that hard -- especially the way my mind works. Yesterday the station received a new release from CPO Records: Friedrich Gernsheim: Symphonies 1 & 3.
Here's what ran through my mind as I looked at the CD.
1) I've never heard of Friedrich Gernshiem. I wonder what his music sounds like? According to the CD, his dates are 1839-1916, so he was late-Romantic. Perhaps his music sounds like Max Bruch, or maybe like that of Max Reger?
|The back of a CD can tell you a lot -- if you have a|
mind like mine!
3) Symphony No. 3 is Opus No. 54. Which means Gernshiem has at least 53 other published compositions. I wonder how many published works as in his catalog?
4) Gernshiem wrote at least three symphonies, so he's comfortable writing for orchestra. I wonder if he wrote any symphonic poems or orchestral suites? Did he write any concertos?
And that's how it started. I did a little bit of research later in the day, and found out that:
1) Friedrich Gernsheim was a respected composer, conductor, and pianist. His music, like that of Max Bruch, is partially inspired by his Jewish heritage (both composed a Kol Nidre).
|Fredrich Gernsheim, composer, conductor,|
3) I couldn't find a single complete list of his works, but there are at least 87 published works.
4) Gernsheim wrote quite a lot for orchestra. In addition to the four symphonies, there is a divertimento, at least five works for chorus and orchestra, and yes, he did write some concertos. His catalog includes a piano concerto, a cello concerto, and two violin concertos.
And that's how my mind works. Numbers (such as opus numbers, or numbered works), suggest other numbers in a series. Types of works suggest other types of works. And since I truly believe just about any composition is worth a listen -- at least once -- I find it easy to discover music. Without trying very hard.
(below is a sample of Gernsheim's symphonic writing)