February, 2018

62 Posts
Musical Voices of WWI (1914-18)
Ravel, Berg, and Butterworth
Trench warfare, which has since been described as “futility in conflict,” gained its horrifying notoriety on the Western Front in the First World War. By the time the dust and poisonous gas clouds had settled on the “war to end
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To Ease Pain, Reach For Your Playlist
We all know that listening to music can soothe emotional pain, but Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys can also ease physical pain, according to a study of children and teenagers who had major surgery.
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Playing Together – Women’s Orchestras and Women in Orchestras
The late-19th and early 20th centuries saw a new phenomenon: all-women orchestras. Kept out of the traditional orchestras by reason of gender (it certainly wasn’t because of talent), women musicians came together to form their own orchestras.
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Tchaikovsky
TchaikovskySymphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique” Performed by Josef Krips, conductor Orchestre Tonhalle de Zurich Recorded in 1960 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique” – Allegro con grazia
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At the Center of the Musical Universe
Vincenzo Bellini
Princess Cristina Trivulzio Belgiojoso certainly had a flair for the dramatic! Married at the age of 16 she was considered the richest heiress in Italy, and after separating from her husband she set up her Paris salon. And on 31
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Escape with Sophie Webber
Cellist Sophie Webber’s new album carries the unusual title of Escape. No, this isn’t music of the balmy islands of the Caribbean; these are the Bach solo cello suites, which many would regard as emblematic of a more straitened outlook.
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Small is Beautiful – the piano miniature
When considering the piano repertoire, we tend to focus on the big works in the canon – the great concertos and piano sonatas, and large-scale works like the Goldberg, Diabelli or Handel Variations, or the Rhapsody on a Theme of
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Forgotten Cellists: Gaspar Cassadó
Gaspar Cassadó was another distinguished virtuoso and composer of cello music. His Requiebros, and Dance of the Green Devil are two encore pieces we cellists love to play.
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