The title of oboist Jared Hauser’s Wednesday night recital at the Blair School of Music seems delightfully provocative. It’s called simply, “What Modern Was.”
For classical music fans who fear tone clusters like snakes, and who believe 12-tone rows should be abolished along with waterboarding and lethal injection, the names Poulenc, Dutilleux, Persichetti and Lutoslawski probably do not engender warm and fuzzy feelings. True enough, those guys were not Tchaikovsky. But does their music, which is on Hauser’s program, still sound thorny and modern to contemporary ears?
You be the judge. Just click on the following links and decide for yourself.
French composer Henri Dutilleux composed around the same time as the unapologetically modern French composer Pierre Boulez. Dutilleux’s Sonate for Oboe and Piano opens Wednesday’s program. Hauser will follow with American composer Vincent Persichetti’s Parable III for Oboe, Polish composer Witold Lutosławski’s Epitaph for Oboe and Piano and French composer Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano.
If you think you can handle these (so-called) modern works, Hauser’s free concert with pianist Melissa Rose is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Turner Recital Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave.