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One composer on either side of the 1914 trenches

February 29, 2016 by norman lebrecht

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My album of the week pairs two composers who fell on opposite sides in the first year of the Great War.

Neither achieved fame beyond – or even within – their own country.

But the music survives. And demands to be heard.

Stephan, a Munich avant-gardist, was the only soldier in his German unit to die in a September 1915 battle with Russian troops for the Galician town of Stryi. Magnard, a French traditionalist, was either shot or burned to death defending his home from German troops in September 1914.

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