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I Am Now Schoenberg's Right Hand

Donald Macleod focuses on Skalkottas's studies with Schoenberg in the early 1930s in Berlin, when he proved himself to be highly gifted.

Skalkottas became one of Schoenberg's favoured pupils during his studies with him in the early 1930s in Berlin. But while Skalkottas was exploring 12 tone method with his teacher, he also developed an interest in Greek folk music. This was an exciting time for Skalkottas, but one that was fraught with financial difficulties, until a rich patron, Manolis Benakis, agreed to sponsor him, on condition that the composer help him deal in manuscripts, books and records in return. This arrangement would prove difficult for the depressive and reclusive Skalkottas, as Donald Macleod discovers.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Skalkottas

    Sonatina No.1 for violin and piano - movement II

    Performers: Georgios Demertzis (violin), Maria Asteriadou (piano)

    • BIS.
    • CD-1024.
    • 5.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    15 Little variations A/K.75c for piano

    Performer: Nikolaos Samaltanos (piano)

    • BIS.
    • CD-1464.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    Octet A/K.30 for wind and strings

    Performer: New Hellenic Quartet Performer: members of Vadaux quintet on winds

    • BIS.
    • cd-1124.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    36 Greek dances A/K.11 for orchestra [1931-6, reorch.1948-9]

    Conductor: Nikos Christodoulou Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • CD-1333/1334.
  • Nίκος Σκαλκώτας

    Concerto no. 1 A/K.16 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Nikos Christodoulou Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • CD -1014.

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