November, 2018

69 Posts
Ukiyo-e and the Western Musical Imagination
The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is best known as the author of a woodblock print series entitled “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.” That series contains probably the most iconic print image associated with Japan, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.”
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Why Is the Orchestra Seated That Way? An Explanation
Why don’t the oboes and tubas sit in the front of the orchestra? Why don’t flutes and first violins swap positions, or — in what would be the coolest configuration, let’s be honest — bass trombones and contrabassoons sit right
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Satie: Relâche
Scheduled for Performance Today in 1924
Multimedia was alive and well in 1924, and with the title Relâche—loosely translated into “No Performance today,” or “Theatre Closed”—everybody automatically knew that the ballet collaboration between Francis Picabia and Erik Satie was in the firm grip of Dadaism.
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Sooner or Later? The Art of Rubato
Tempo rubato (literally “stolen time” in Italian) is perhaps most closely associated with the music of Fryderyk Chopin, his friend and fellow composer Franz Liszt, and other composers of the Romantic period. But it is possible to achieve rubato effectively
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Bach – Vivaldi – Hasse – Marcello – Quantz
BachOrchestral Suites, BWV 1066/9 VivaldiConcerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in E Minor, RV 484 HasseConcerto for Mandolin in G Major MarcelloConcerto for Oboe and Orchestra in B Minor QuantzConcerto for Flute and Orchestra in G Major VivaldiConcerto for Viola d’amore,
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Norwegian Influences
English composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934) first went to Scandinavia as a young man working for his father. He went first to Sweden and then, in his off hours, went to Norway and began a lifelong fascination with the country, its
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Your brain responses to music reveal if you’re a musician or not
How your brain responds to music listening can reveal whether you have received musical training, according to new Nordic research conducted in Finland (University of Jyväskylä and AMI Center) and Denmark (Aarhus University).
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Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2
Premiered Today in 1862
Anton Rubinstein called Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) “the greatest violinist of his time.” A combination of French schooling and Slavonic temperament, Wieniawski had impeccable technique and produced a wonderfully warm and rich tone. As such, he made light work of technical
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