December, 2016

59 Posts
Happy New Year from Franz Schubert and the Nonsense Society
In April 1817, a merry little band of artists decided to form a small private club called the “Unsinnsgesellschaft” (Nonsense Society). Based in Vienna, this congenial group of artistic friends published a weekly magazine, the “Archiv des menschlichen Unsinns” (Archive
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Holiday Fun: The Nutcracker
From its first notes, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker takes us to someplace warm and magical. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Overture (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Simon Rattle, cond.) The ballet originates in a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the
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Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz: La Harpe reine
Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz III. Rondo – Allegro From Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz: La Harpe reine (2016) Released by Harmonia Mundi Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op.7 – III. Rondo – AllegroThe Triumph of the Harp! When
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Composers and Their Poets: Wolf II
Wolf took up the poetry of Goethe and in his Goethe-Lieder collection, set 51 poems. They came from a variety of poetic sources, including the influential Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1795-96) and the wonderfully named West-östlicher Diwan (1819), as well as
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Neuroscientists Still Don’t Know Why Music Sounds Good
Your taste in music is weird. Maybe you just can’t stop listening to that power ballad, or you’ve wondered about your bewildering weakness for yodeling. And maybe, just maybe, nobody understands your all-consuming obsession with Steely Dan, the greatest band
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Holiday Fun: Hansel and Gretel
The tale of the two children and how they fool the wicked witch who has captured them in her gingerbread house has become a holiday opera. The recasting of the Grimm Brother’s tale into something more family friendly was done
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Turina – Puccini
TurinaLa oración del torero, op. 34 String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, op. 4 PucciniThe Chrysanthemums Performed by Annie Jodry, violin Mireille Cardoze, violin Jean-Louis Bonafous, viola Etienne Péclard, cello Recorded in 1986 Puccini: The Chrysanthemums
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Unsung Concertos
Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 49
For primarily political reasons, the music of Dmitri Kabalevsky never really enjoyed great popularity in the West. Despite writing in a readily accessible musical style that was primarily rooted in folk music, his name was listed in the infamous 1948
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