January, 2016

59 Posts
Divine Duos—Musical Pairs
What could be more romantic—a Valentine’s Day feature of our favorite classical musicians who popped the question and who make great music together both on and off stage? One of the most spectacularly talented couples was cellist Jacqueline Du Pré
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Roman de Fauvel: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
The Roman de Fauvel is an early 14th-century satirical poem preserved in a beautifully decorated manuscript. Attributed to Gervais de Bus, a clerk at the French royal chancery, the narrative is divided into two books. It details the rise of
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Joubert: Instant Moment (The) / Temps perdu / Sinfonietta
Temps Perdu, Op.99 Variation 4: Envoi From Joubert: Instant Moment (The) / Temps perdu / Sinfonietta (2015) Released by Naxos Joubert: Temps Perdu, Op.99 – Variation 4: EnvoiBorn in Cape Town, John Joubert won a scholarship to study at the
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Chinese Musings
With Chinese New Year once again around the corner, let us take a quick look at the extended tradition of Western fascination with China in arts and in music. “Chinoiserie” is commonly characterized as the use of decorative Chinese motifs
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The Neuroscience of Drumming: Researchers Discover the Secrets of Drumming & The Human Brain
An old musician’s joke goes “there are three kinds of drummers in the world—those who can count and those who can’t.” But perhaps there is an even more global divide. Perhaps there are three kinds of people in the world—those
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From the Piano of an Opium Eater
After Frederic Chopin was seen by three physicians in Mallorca in 1838, he wrote, “…in the last three weeks, I was sick like a dog, three of the best known physicians of the whole island came to examine me …
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Weber
WeberBattle and Victory Cantata, op. 44 Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 19 Performed by Lisbeth Schmidt-Glanzel, soprano Eva Fleischer, contralto Gert Lutze, tenor Hans Kramer, baritone Chœur et Orchestre de la Radio de Leipzig Herbert Kegel, conductor Orchestre
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Hector Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17
Hector Berlioz’s visit to the Odéon Theater in 1827 not only inflamed a deeply burning passion for his future wife, the Irish actress Harriet Smithson, but also for the dramatic genius of William Shakespeare. Berlioz’s infatuation with Harriet gave rise
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