August, 2014

64 Posts
Auguste Mustel: Celesta
The silvery sounds of Heaven
If you listen to Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from the Nutcracker, you are acutely aware of a silvery, ethereal and otherworldly sound coming from the orchestra. That sound, similar to that of the glockenspiel—a percussion instrument composed
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My Three Stand Partners
Aide-de-Camp Marriages pt 1
The time you spend with a stand partner in an orchestra frequently exceeds the time you spend with your spouse. I had three long-term stand partners all vastly different in approaches. My first stand partner was the veteran and irascible
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Marc Blitzstein
A Forgotten Father of American Song
It’s hard to imagine someone who called the music of Kurt Weill (the composer of ‘Mack the Knife’) ‘drivel’ eventually writing musicals and popular songs himself. Yet for Marc Blitzstein, this huge shift in aesthetic was just the start –
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Cousin Marriage
Giacomo Meyerbeer and Minna Mosson
The fictional HBO series Game of Thrones, already in its fourth season and slated to run for at least another 2 years has once again garnered a number of impressive awards and accolades. Loosely based on the novel A Song
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From Screen to Stage
Erich Korngold : Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Erich Korngold (1897-1957) was a modern composer with a Romantic touch. He is considered, along with Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind) and Alfred Newman (Wuthering Heights / How the West was Won) as one of the “godfathers of film
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Why there’s nothing wrong with being bored by opera
Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored
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Marc Blitzstein
In search of an identity for Classical music Marc Blitzstein: Piano Sonata The enormous political and cultural changes that flooded Europe in the first decade of the 20th century led to a dismantling of political, social and artistic structures. As
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Schubert – Brahms
SchubertSymphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished” BrahmsSymphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90 Performed by Øivin Flejdstad, conductor Orchestre Philharmonique d’Oslo Recorded in 1958 Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90 – Poco allegretto
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