May, 2017

64 Posts
Mixing It All Up Together: The Music of Daryl Runswick
Composer and arranger Daryl Runswick has been involved in all manners of music from the mid-1960s until today. He’s been in jazz ensembles, played as a session musician, and has been a composer of film and TV music. He’s worked
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The Maid of Orléans
Arthur Honegger: Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher
The Russian dancer, actress and art patron Ida Lvovna Rubinstein was born into one of Russia’s richest families. Receiving the best musical, dancing and theatrical education money can buy Ida eventually ended up in Paris and immediately made headlines for
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Just Why Does New Music Need Champions?
This spring the American Composers Forum announced the latest winners of its Champion of New Music award. The 2016 designees were the pianist Gilbert Kalish, who has tirelessly performed works by living composers for more than 50 years; the conductor
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A little night music – the piano Nocturne
The term “Nocturne” or “Notturno” (Italian) was first applied in the eighteenth century to pieces written for string ensemble to be performed at an evening party and then put aside. At this time, it was not necessarily a piece evocative
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Rimsky-Korsakov
Rimsky-KorsakovScheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35 Performed by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, conductor Orchestre de la Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Hambourg Erich Röhn, violin Recorded in 1959 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35 – The Young Prince and The Young Princess
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Forgotten Pianists: José Iturbi
One of our few ‘Forgotten Pianists’ to have both a screen and stage career, Spanish conductor and pianist José Iturbi (1895-1980) had an international career from Spain to Paris, to Mexico and then Hollywood.
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Johannes Brahms: Doctor of Philosophy (Hon. Causa)
Johannes Brahms never formally went to university, and his engagement with higher education was rather peripheral. Around age 20, Joseph Joachim invited him to Göttingen, where the violinist was taking summer courses in philosophy and history. Brahms accepted the invite,
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Musicologist to the Rescue!
There are a handful of films featuring musicologists – those scholars of the history of music. Two recent ones have been Songcatcher (2000), where a musicologist finds ancient Scots-Irish ballads in Appalachia, and then there’s The Silent Touch (1992), where
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