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A New Idea in Music – Liszt’s Les Préludes
The problem for Liszt was how to expand the orchestral genre into something less confining than the symphony – 4 movements, alternating slow and fast, contrasting triple section. Sigh. It’s all so old. Ok, we have the concert overture, but
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New York Craziness – Quayle’s String Quartet No. 2
Matthew Quayle (b. 1976) took up what’s considered the ultimate classical genre, the string quartet and brought it fully into the 21st century. The original conversational / confrontational discussion between 2 violins, a viola, and a cello the discourse was
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Bringing Back the Baroque – Soler’s Keyboard Sonatas
The Spanish-Catalan Baroque composer Antonio Soler (1729-1783), usually known as Padre Soler for his religious appointment, started his music study at age 6 at the school of the Monastery of Montserrat. By 1744 (age 15) was organist in La Seu
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The Whistler’s Waltz – Ziehrer’s Weaner Mad’ln
When we think of Austria and the Waltz, we think of the Strauss family (Johann, Johann II, Josef, and Eduard) but they didn’t hold the monopoly on waltz music in Vienna. Karl Michael Ziehrer (1843-1922) was one of their primary
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Singing the Songs of Spain – Albéniz’ Cantos de España
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) joined with Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla to bring Spain back into the international musical spotlight. The Spanish style they created came to define Spanish music – even being imitated by more than one French composer
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Weber: Aufforderung zum Tanz
Watching the Dancers In 1819 Carl Maria von Weber wrote a little not-dance piece, Aufforderung zum Tanz, for his bride Caroline. This work was important because it was the first work considered a concert-waltz, i.e., a waltz, but not one
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Svendsen: Fête Polonaise
Dancing for the King The late-nineteenth century saw a rise in Scandinavian nationalism and with that a growing importance in local composers. Prior to that, music training took place in Germany and the German style was prevalent. With an increasing
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Eisler: Ernste Gesänge, Lieder with Piano
Serious Songs 5 : XX Party From Eisler: Ernste Gesänge, Lieder with Piano (2013) Released by Harmonia Mundi Eisler: Serious Songs 5 : XX PartyFrom the Twenties and the Berlin of the Weimar Republic until his emigration to the United
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