This week, we’re listening in Slovakia, to Eugen Suchoň.
Suchoň was a 20th century composer, and he grew up lying under his father’s piano, listening to him play and make music with other musicians. From an early age, he showed musical and compositional maturity not often seen in young composers. His music was mostly inspired by the romantic period and folk idioms, and he loved chromaticism.
Suchoň also had a “second period”, where he started experimenting with serialism – composing with a specific and consistent set of intervals – and polymodality, both of which can be strange to people’s ears but are fun to listen to.
We’ll be listening to a piece from his early output, composed when Suchoň was 19. Fun fact: it was composed the same year of the first transatlantic phone call, via radio, from New York City to London.