words by Jason Wietlispach
WMSE’s classical music program, The Modern Chamber [hosted by Jason Wietlispach] is a musical tribute to the typical pastoral nature of Sundays. From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wietlispach sheds light on one of the oldest and most beautiful genres, timeless in its no-frills instrumentation. Classic woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion go through variations composed by masterminds from the Baroque era’s Alessandro Scarlatti to the Romantic era’s Sergei Rachmaninoff.
This Sunday, Wietlispach will play the music of Henri Dutilleux, whose influences belonged to that of the school of Debussy and Impressionism. Wietlispach says, “This Sunday I will be playing only music by the late 20th century French composer Henri Dutilleux. Henri Dutilleux (born 22 January 1916) is considered by many the most important French composer of the last half of the 20th century. Where some here his music as an outgrowth of Debussy and Stravinsky, he seems to me to be a cool combination of Messian and Neoclassicism with many modern leanings. His output as a composer has been very minimal, so the program will be able to touch on many aspects of his long career.
Tune in to 91.7 FM, WMSE this Sunday, April 11th from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. to listen to music from Dutilleux on the Modern Chamber.