May, 2018

68 Posts
Variations on a Theme
Think of a series of riffs on an idea, in a variety of styles, moods, rhythm and tempi, and you have the basic framework for a Theme and Variations. As the initial theme is presented in a different way, so
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MozartConcerto for flute, harp and orchestra in C major K. 299 Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major K. 622 Trio No. 7 in E flat major, K. 498 for clarinet, viola and piano Performed by Gaston Crunelle, flute
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Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge
Premiered Today in 1956
For a number of scholars, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gesang der Jünglinge (Song of the Youths) is “the first masterpiece of electronic music.” It was premiered in the large auditorium of Cologne’s Westdeutscher Rundfunk on 30 May 1956. The subject of the
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How Was Musical Notation Invented? A Brief History
Imagine a piece of music. No, not the music, but the written score or sheet. Some of us look at it, and immediately begin translating those symbols into sounds. Others among us might not be able to make sense of
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Adrien La Marca
‘Something Beyond Understanding’ I begin my interview with Adrien La Marca with a discussion not about music, but of food. Ahead of his performance of the Walton Viola Concerto in Hong Kong on 2 June, we talk about where to
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Simple and Plain
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) started composing as a child and, unlike most children, kept careful track of his writings. His early works are the expected piano pieces and songs but also chamber and orchestral attempts. His first major work took those
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Tchaikovsky – Mussorgsky
TchaikovskySymphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36 MussorgskyPictures of an Exhibition (Orchestration: Maurice Ravel) Performed by Hermann Abendroth, conductor Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio de Leipzig Recorded in 1951 – 1952 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op.
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Mapping the Musical Genome
The Scarlatti Family
The Scarlatti family name—in various spellings—was common in Sicily, with several branches of additional Scarlatti families residing in Rome and northern Italy. Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) was the musical bedrock of the family, and he became the most important opera composer
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