October, 2018

69 Posts
A Piano Teacher Reflects…
I never intended to be a piano teacher. I worked for ten years in art and academic publishing after leaving university and I continued to freelance in this sector when I stopped full-time work to have my son. But as
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The part of my dad that dementia can’t take
Even as her father’s dementia makes communication difficult, he adores singing. Our reporter learns he isn’t alone – and research has found music may be key to understanding the brain.
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The Birds Singing in Catalonia and Memories of Home
After his self-imposed exile from Spain with the defeat of the Republican government, cellist Pablo Casals started his concerts with a traditional Catalan Christmas song, El Cant dels Ocells (The Song of the Birds). The lyrics describe the joy of
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Brahms: String Quartet Op. 67
Premiered Today in 1876
The residential district of “Ziegelhausen” is situated at the eastern perimeter of the city of Heidelberg, Germany. Picturesquely located on the banks of the Neckar River it idyllically stretches into the “Odenwald Forest.” Dotted by charming bed and breakfast establishments,
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Roussel – Prokofiev
RousselString Quartet in D Major, Op. 45 Prokofiev String Quartet No.2 in F Major, Op.92 “Kabardinian” Performed by Quatuor Loewenguth Recorded in 1950 – 1953 Roussel: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 45 – Allegro
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Camille Saint-Saëns’ Chamber Music
“A Conversation Between Friends”
Going against the grain of French musical life in the mid-19th century, Camille Saint-Saëns’ main love was instrumental music. Extraordinarily active in the field of chamber music, not only as a composer but also as a performer, he might rightfully
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Mozart: Don Giovanni
Premiered Today in 1787
For a good many music lovers, Mozart’s Don Giovanni might well be the finest opera ever composed. The composer described it as a comedy, but the comic elements are basically driven by Giovanni’s devious schemes. Nevertheless, through Da Ponte’s libretto
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Orchestral Pipe Dreams
Symphonic Works with Organ III
Musicians and composers in the 19th century clearly understood that the orchestral tone color could be significantly enhanced by the sometimes subtle, sometimes seismic impact of the pipe organ’s commanding voice. In his famous treatise on orchestration, Hector Berlioz wrote,
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