January, 2014

71 Posts
“Heredity can tend to run out of musical ideas”
Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach
Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach (1759-1845) was the eldest son of Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach and the singer Lucia Elizabeth Munchhausen. Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst, not to be confused with his uncle Wilhelm Friedeman Bach, was the only grandson of Johann Sebastian
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The mystery of Mozart’s burial uncovered
Was the wonder of Salzburg really buried in a mass grave?
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Amateur Hour
The interaction between classical and pop music can often be an extended exercise in looking at old material in a new way. We don’t mind when Barry Manilow uses a bit of Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28/2
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BeethovenString Trio No. 2 “Serenade” in D major, op. 8 String Trio No. 5 in C minor, op. 9, No. 3 Serenade in D major, op. 25 Performed by Joseph Fuchs, violin Leonard Rose, cello Lillian Fuchs, viola Harry Fuchs,
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Sabine Meyer performs Poulenc clarinet sonata
Sabine Meyer will be performing at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
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Claudio Abbado
An Example to Us All.
It’s difficult for me to add much to the many tributes to Claudio Abbado that have appeared since his death. As well as obituaries detailing his life and achievements, there have been statements from those who worked with him, who
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The Lethal Chalice
Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Op. 74 “Pathétique” Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s (1840-1893) died a mere nine days after conducting the première of his final composition. Composed between February and August 1893, his Symphony No 6 was first given on
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Play it again, this time with feeling
When he turned three, our son Ryland collapsed in tears on the lounge room floor beside his birthday present, a Casio keyboard. ”What’s the matter?” we asked. ”I don’t know,” he sobbed. The keyboard’s play-along version of Greensleeves tinkered on.
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