Music: Music Hunters

Perhaps because the much assaulted U.S. ear is wearying of clamorous modern dissonances, audiences seem to be falling in love all over again with the more placid sonorities of the 18th century. That interest in turn has sent students burrowing through monastery attics, museums and castles in search of long-lost scores. One of the more esoteric recent finds has come from the Escolanía (music school) of Montserrat in Spain, where California-born Pianist Frederick Marvin unearthed a hoard of keyboard sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler, 18th century Spain's only great instrumental composer. Last week,...

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