April, 2019

59 Posts
The Horror Movie Track of Aaron Copland
When you think of the music of Aaron Copland, you think of light. Open vistas. Cowboys. Cowgirls. Pure Americanisms. But in the early 1920s, Copland was in Paris, starting to write his first orchestral music. He and his roommate, the
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Chopin
ChopinConcerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 7 Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 63, No. 3 Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39 Performed by Witold
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Alexander Tcherepnin and Lee Hsien Ming
Chinese Etudes
The Russian composer Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977) launched his international career as a pianist and composer from Paris. He won a number of prizes and embarked on yearly concert tours to the United States, yet he was restlessly searching for a
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Mozart’s Musical Journey
28 April 1781: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373
Mozart indignantly writes to his father from Vienna: “You are looking forward to seeing me again, my dearest father! That alone can persuade me to leave Vienna…We had a grand concert here yesterday—probably the last. It was a great success,
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Musical Memories and the Pleasure of Programmes
While clearing out my piano room ahead of a house move last year, I came upon a box of old concert programmes, some dating back twenty-odd years. Some were dog-eared and scuffed, or covered in scribbled notes from when I
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How a Musician Lands a Position in a Major Orchestra
Once a musician feels ready he or she might attempt to land a position in one of the major orchestras—Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Liepzig Gewandhaus, Leningrad Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic;
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RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 – I. Allegro ma non tanto From RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli (2018) Released by Naxos Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D
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If It Sounds Good, It Is Good
A lot of odd things have been said about classical music. I was at a round table of concert reviewers a while back and someone made the comment about a concert they had reviewed. The person said the playing was
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