December, 2015

57 Posts
Waltz your Way into 2016!
The popping of champagne corks on New Year’s Eve is frequently accompanied by the music of Johann Strauss Junior. The undisputed master of the Viennese waltz, he became the most popular musician of his generation. And while many of his
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Beethoven
BeethovenSymphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 Coriolan, overture, op. 62 Fidelio, overture, op. 72b Léonore III , overture, op. 72a Egmont, overture, op. 84 Performed by Willem van Otterloo, conductor Orchestre Philharmonique de la Haye Recorded in
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Auld Lang Syne packaged by Joseph Haydn
Welcoming the New Year frequently involves a glass of champagne and a celebratory kiss from somebody nearby. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve the English-speaking world, either before or after extensive toasting and kissing, also collectively launches
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Singing in Early Childhood
“Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime. This experience cannot be left to chance. It is the duty of the school to provide it.” -Zoltán Kodály, 1929
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Sergei Prokofiev: Enfant Terrible
The piano was the prominent vehicle for Sergei Prokofiev’s musical expression. In the tradition of the great piano virtuosos of the 19th century, he was initially looking to impress his audiences with his considerable keyboard skills. Igor Stravinsky attended a
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Schubert – Schmidt
SchubertQuintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout” SchmidtG major Quintet for piano and strings Performed by Paul Badura-Skoda, piano Jörg Demus, piano Quatuor Barylli Recorded in 1952 – 1958 Schubert: Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout” – Allegro vivace
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Minors of the Majors
Felix Mendelssohn: “On New Year’s Day,” Op 79, No.2
“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!
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Muses and Musings
Lusty Eye for the Music Guy: Johann Mayrhofer and Franz Schubert
Johannes Brahms considered the poet Johann Mayrhofer “the most serious of all Schubert’s friends.” This complicated man, full of self-hatred and driven by emotions whose violence he could not accept, transferred the conflict-ridden passions of his inner world into powerful
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