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Music and the Arts in 19th and 20th Century Russia I
The recent exhibition of ‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes’ at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and several of the recent Interlude articles on the same subject raised interesting and important questions about the connection and inter-relationship between the arts
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The Sunken Crate: Vienna State Opera
Viennese audiences, throughout the establishment of their city as a cultural and musical center, have not only been known for their artistic expertise, but also for their fickleness. A deep-seated reliance on musical and cultural traditions informed much of the
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“Something Almost Being Said”
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has recently released a new compact disk with the title “Something Almost Being Said – Music of Bach and Schubert” which includes Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Bach’s Partita No.2 in C-Minor and Schubert’s Four
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St. Thomas in Leipzig
J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, “Kommt ihr Töchter helft mir klagen” One of the most wonderful experiences while traveling in Europe is the ability to visit monuments, castles, churches and civic buildings, and the spaces within the urban or
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Matthis the Painter:
Paul Hindemith and Matthias Grünewald
Wilhelm Furtwängler had asked Paul Hindemith to write an orchestral work for the Berlin Philharmonic’s 1933/34 season – just at the moment when Hindemith had decided to write an opera based on the famous Isenheimer Altar (now in the Unterlinden
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Rise of the Phoenix: La Fenice
Have you ever heard of Enrico Carella and Massimiliano Marchetti? There is really no reason why these names should be particularly memorable, except for the fact that these two knuckleheads deliberately set fire to one of the most famous opera
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Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes: When Art danced with Music
The current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music” brings into focus one of the most productive eras in the arts, in which poetry, art, theater,
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Tourists, Pigeons and Giovanni
Giovanni Gabrieli, In ecclesiis I vividly remember my first visit to Venice. Mind you, I came prepared, at least in the literary sense, as I had eagerly plowed through various portrayals of the city in novels ranging from Lady Chatterley’s
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