November, 2014

52 Posts
Sleep gently my Count Keyserlingk
Every music lover knows the Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach! But who was this Goldberg, who so famously lent his name to one of the most remarkable compositions in the history of Western music? The story of how this
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The Rose Blooming in the Desert
Creating the Qatar Philharmonic
Like a rose blooming in the desert, the Qatar Philharmonic has made a unique place for beauty in the city of Doha, Qatar. We had a conversation recently with Kurt Meister, Executive Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, about how
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ABRAMIAN, E.: 24 Preludes (Ayrapetyan)
24 Preludes No 19 in G Sharp From ABRAMIAN, E.: 24 Preludes (Ayrapetyan) (2014) Released by Grand Piano / Naxos Abramian: 24 Preludes No. 19 in G SharpThe composer, pianist and teacher Eduard Aslanovich Abramian was one of the most
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5 reasons to get that kid some music lessons
There are thousands of clubs, sports teams, schools and other extracurricular groups that are clamoring for your child’s undiscovered skills. Should you sign him up for soccer or piano lessons? Take him hunting or to the movies? How many activities
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Hans Leo Hassler
The Venice Experiment
Born 450 years ago, Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) was the first notable German composer to broaden his musical horizon by studying in Italy. Not surprisingly, Hassler went to the city of Venice to experience the thriving musical environment surrounding the
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Beethoven – Spohr
BeethovenViolin Concerto in D Major, op. 61Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G major, op. 40Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, op. 50 SpohrViolin Concerto No. 8 in A minor, op. 47 “in modo
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Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?
The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.
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Adolf von Henselt and Rosalie Vogel
In 1836, the exceptional pianist and composer Adolf von Henselt suffered a severe nervous breakdown. After taking a number of cures in local spas and private hospitals, Henselt decided to visit his old teacher Johann Nepomuk Hummel in Weimar. Hummel
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