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Street Pianos
The piano is heavy, weighing between 480 to 600 lbs (180–270 kg) for an upright one, up to 1,100 (500 kg) for a baby grand, and over 1,200 (540 kg) for a concert grand. How do you put these out
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Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
“Time Mows Down Artworks That Are Not Created by a Brilliant Artist, Which I Am Not”
When Carl Reinecke published the first of his well over three hundred works in the 1830s, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Liszt were at the height of their fame. Such was Reinecke’s longevity that when his final scores were printed, Schoenberg, Webern,
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Carl Maria von Weber in Breslau
“Romanza Siciliana for Flute and Orchestra”
Just how musically talented was Carl Maria von Weber? Well, at the age of 17, he was offered and accepted the post of Director at the Breslau Opera in 1804. Weber had spent some time in Vienna, studying hard with
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Eduard Tubin (1905-1982)
“Occasionally I had a shot of vodka”
I have recently been fascinated by the art music of Estonia, partially fuelled by the success of Arvo Pärt. But as I have explored in earlier blogs, this triumph of Estonian culture would not have been possible without the groundwork
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Unique Concertos III
Works by Milhaud, Fleck, Van de Vate, O’Boyle, and Adams
Let’s continue to explore more concertos for unique instruments. Darius Milhaud: Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra Darius Milhaud writes, “I have always been very interested in percussion problems. In the Choéphores and in L’homme et son désir I used
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The Modern Requiem
Elisabetta Brusa’s Requiem Op. 25
In building up to writing her Requiem, Elisabetta Brusa (b. 1954) wrote a Marche Funèbre for piano (1984), Adagio for string orchestra (1996), Requiescat for voices and large orchestra (1994–1995), Simply Largo for string orchestra (2008), and a Stabat Mater
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The Extraordinary Voice of Bruna de Sá
In the revivals of the operas of the 17th and 18th centuries, one of the modern puzzles has been the use of men in women’s roles. We did have male singers, starting in the 1950s with Alfred Deller. At first,
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Bridging Beethoven and Debussy
Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1
A first work in a genre is often a hard slog in finding out how something works. Praised as ‘distinctive and admirable’ by Liszt, this string quartet by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) was the product of much hard work
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