July, 2019

85 Posts
Three French Female Composers Whose Music You Should Explore
She took piano lessons with Ignaz Moscheles and Johann Nepomuk Hummel, studied composition with Anton Reicha, a friend of Beethoven’s, and renowned violinist Joseph Joachim performed in the premiere of her nonet for wind and strings. During her lifetime, Louise
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Play It Again, Sam
Why repeated sounds are music to our ears
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She’s Just a Little Mad, My Head Is on Straight
Kurt Weill’s 7 Deadly Sins
In 1932, Kurt Weill was commissioned to write a ballet. But, this was a ballet with a difference. Commissioned by the Englishman Edward James for his ballerina wife, Tilly Losch, James specified that Lotte Lenya would sing it and his
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Tchaikovsky
TchaikovskySymphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, “Winter Dreams” The Year 1812 Solemn Overture, Op. 49 Performed by Nicolai Golovanov, conductor Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio de l’URSS Recorded in 1948 – 1952 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G
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The Immersive Choir
An Interview with Paul Smith of VOCES8
For his first album as a composer and solo artist, Paul Smith, co-founder with his brother of the a capella group VOCES8, brought together VOCES8, his other group Apollo5, and 2,500 more singers. Simple. Not so simple. The 2,500 singers
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Music Versus Noise – A Response to Rob J Kennedy
What is music? And what is noise? These questions have always been lingering in my mind – without any absolute solution. As one of our contributors, Rob, eloquently discussed, there is no consensual agreement on a singular definition of music.
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Musicians and Artists: Ortiz and Veronese
In his monumental painting, The Wedding at Cana (1563), the Italian painter Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) portrayed the biblical story of the marriage at Cana (John 2:1-11) where Jesus saves the celebration by his miraculous conversion of water into wine. The
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Learning Side by Side
Most students probably expect their teacher to be able to play anything, and indeed the best teachers will have a comprehensive repertoire coupled with extensive knowledge. One need not have played all the Beethoven Piano Sonatas or Chopin’s Etudes in
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