May, 2014

74 Posts
Nature’s Song
Mozart’s Divertimento K522 (also nicknamed ‘A Musical Joke’) is said to be inspired from his pet bird, a starling. The awkwardness of the piece is said to mimic the way starlings whistle off-key. Likewise, Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony incorporates the song
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The Supernatural in Music
IX. Witches Sabbath: The Symphonie Fantastique
The murderous composer lies abed, dreaming fevered dreams about the love that he lost and the evils that he did….or was it all just an opium-induced nightmare? In his 1830 work, the French composer Hector Berlioz wrote a symphony that
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Shostakovich/Schubert – Rothko/Schiele: Music and Art
A recent concert by the distinguished Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello) at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. paired Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144
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Friday the 13th
Arnold Schoenberg and Triskaidekaphobia
Just the mention of Arnold Schoenberg strikes fear in the hearts and ears of most listeners. But can you guess what struck the fear of god into Arnold Schoenberg? Somewhat ironically, the composer experienced a paralyzing fear of the number
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Online courses: Music education for all?
One of the world’s most elite music academies is offering courses online – and thousands of people of different musical abilities are signing up. Can web learning make classical music accessible to all? Clemency Burton-Hill investigates.
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Walking With Art and an Orchestra
We’ve already looked at Modest Mussorgsky’s creation for piano, Pictures at an Exhibition. This best-known of Mussorgsky’s works had an afterlife as an orchestral work that has resulted in dozens of orchestrations. There are also arrangements for other performing forces
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Mozart
MozartPiano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K. 488 Performed by Isaïe Disenhaus, conductor Joyce Hatto, piano Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup Recorded in 1961 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D
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Varianty by Otmar Mácha
Otmar Mácha’s work will be performed at the Prague Spring International Music Festival.
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