May, 2014

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In touch with Jorja Fleezanis
Concertmaster and Prophet
Jorja Fleezanis became one of two female concertmasters in the country when the Minnesota Orchestra recruited her in 1989. After twenty years in that position, the longest tenured concertmaster in the orchestra’s history, she joined the faculty of Indiana University
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The Supernatural in Music
XI. Black Angels: Electrified Fear
The American composer George Crumb took the idea of the classical string quartet and turned into an electric ensemble of darkness. His 1971 work, Black Angels: Thirteen Images from the Dark Land, extended the string quartet by electrifying it, and
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The Dossier Richard Strauss
The Allied initiative to rid German and Austrian society, culture, press, economy, judiciary, and politics of any remnants of National Socialist ideology was launched after the end of the Second World War. The directives of “denazification” identified specific groups and
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How do film-makers manipulate our emotions with music?
In 1939, queen of Hollywood melodrama Bette Davis starred in Dark Victory – the tragic story of a wealthy party girl dying of a brain tumour.
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An Alpine Symphony
Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony is seen as one of the peaks of his orchestral writing (oh dear, I’m on the puns already…). Lasting almost an hour, written for a huge orchestra, it follows the dramatic story of a journey up
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Rossini
RossiniSonata for Strings No. 1 in G major Sonata for Strings No. 2 in A major Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C major Sonata for Strings No. 4 in B flat major Sonata for Strings No. 5 in E
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Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe perform Brahms
Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe will be performing at the Dresden Music Festival.
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Fazioli: The Ferrari among Pianos
When I was doing some research on piano makers, I came across a rather interesting statistic. In the first half of the 20th century, 300 piano makers plied their trade in Europe. By December 2013, only 9 makers remain. Like
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