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Ernö Dohnányi, Sextet in C Major (1935)
Some composers garner substantial performance histories of their works that continue decades or centuries after they die. Others do not, and the reasons can be mysterious. Ernö Dohnányi (1877-1960) was a first-rate musician who composed polished and sophisticated pieces of grand scope. His ideas at times reflect innovations in music of the early twentieth century in which they germinated. Yet somehow his scores end up on shelves more often than music stands.