Donald Macleod introduces a work by Koechlin for the eerie, electronic sound of the ondes martenot, and discusses his otherworldly personality.
It's fitting that such a fiercely independent, free-thinking musical mind should compose for one of the strangest instruments of the 20th century - the early electronic instrument, the Ondes Martenot. Donald Macleod introduces Koechlin's "Towards The Sun" for solo Ondes - a work that both showcases the instrument's eerie, ethereal sound, and seems to capture the composer's own otherworldly temperament. He ends the week with two attractive late chamber works, plus the composer's last significant work for orchestra, "The Burning Bush".
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