January, 2018

60 Posts
Paul Wittgenstein
The Travesty of War
During the golden days leading up to the “war to end all wars,” the Wittgenstein family stood at the forefront of the cultured bourgeoisie in Vienna. In imitation of aristocratic mannerisms, they freely dabbled in artistic patronage, financed by the
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Finland’s Music Education System: How It Works
In an earlier article, Music Australia presented an overview of the Finnish school system and how music teaching is delivered by a highly successful network of government subsidised specialist music schools. In this article we explore further how this parallel
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I Am the Very Model: Gilbert and Sullivan and Light Opera III
In their late years, Gilbert and Sullivan weren’t as successful as they had been in their early years. Yet, their legacy still lives on and even over a century later, their music keeps reappearing, often with new lyrics.
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Mendelssohn – Roussel – Le Flem
MendelssohnSymphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian” RousselRapsodie Flamande Op. 56 Le FlemScherzo for Orchestra Performed by Jean Martinon, conductor Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française Recorded in 1955 – 1957 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major,
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At the Center of the Musical Universe
Gioachino Rossini II
In 1808 Sébastien Erard registered a patent that fundamentally changed piano construction forever. As hammers had become more massive, they produced a much heavier touch for the performer. As such, the ability to repeat notes was severely impacted and the
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Why I Feel Compelled to Attend the 2018 Verbier Festival I
In Touch with Martin Engstroem
The spectacular display of superstars in the 2018 Verbier Festival program completely dazzled me. The program comprised of a long list of celebrated “who’s who” in the music universe – András Schiff, Martha Argerich, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin, Grigory Sokolov,
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There is No Right Way
I’ve never felt drawn to the idea of the definitive performance. Music is a performing art which keeps on changing– Michael Tippett When I was learning the piano as a child and teenager, I was led to believe there was
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Forgotten Cellists: Guilhermina Suggia
Portuguese cellist Guilhermina Suggia (1885-1950) best-known for an iconic painting by Augustus John —a chestnut, luminescent cello, a beautiful woman in a dazzling, red gown, bow-arm outstretched, head upturned—was one of the first professional female solo cellists. The mystique surrounding
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