April, 2016

58 Posts
The Pits—Orchestra Pits That is!
A good part of a musician’s career is spent in a pit, an orchestra pit that is—for opera, ballet and musical theater productions. The pit—an open space beneath and in front of the stage—varies in shape and size and can
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Rhinemaidens
Schubert: Lacrimosa son io D.131b From Rhinemaidens (2016) Released by Harmonia Mundi Schubert: Lacrimosa son io D.131bThe Rhine hymned by women’s voices.A major source of inspiration for writers and painters (Hugo, Nerval, Heine, Eichendorff, Turner) and above all composers throughout
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How You Should Feel in the Key of E minor
In our earlier series on C major and minor, G major and minor, and D major and minor, and A major and minor, we listed Ernst Pauer’s suggestions from 1876 of pieces that fit the particular affect he assigned for
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Ditch the playlist: what happened when I only listened to new music for a year
One culture journalist ditched his carefully curated iTunes library for 12 months to see what would happen. But could he really say goodbye to Future Islands?
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The Water Spirits
The Oceanids are the water spirits, children of Oceanus, the Titan whose river encircles the world, and Tethys, his sister/wife who oversaw the rivers of the world. Oceanus and Tethys had 3,000 daughters and 3,000 sons. In Greek mythology, however,
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Schubert
SchubertPiano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 Moments Musicaux, D. 780 Performed by Robert Goldsand, piano Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra Recorded in 1952 Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 – Allegro moderato
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Nikolai Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38, No. 1
The Russian composer and pianist Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) was utterly despised by the Russian community in Paris. Considered an old fart and hopelessly out of touch with modern times, he was even facetiously called the “Russian Brahms.” Much of this
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Scientists have found a way to help you learn new skills twice as fast
Yes please.
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