Beethoven's ninth symphony premiered in 1824 but the seeds of this monumental work had been planted in his head for years. Beethoven had always been inspired by Enlightenment Era artists. As a teenager, he went to hear lectures by Immanuel Kant at the University of Bonn, Beethoven's hometown. He was also a fan of the German poet, Friedrich Schiller. He "kept that volume of poetry with him, always intending to set to music a poem that particularly appealed
Updated Aug-18-2014 at 07:54 by DiesIraeVIX
I am stepping out of "Vacation Mode" to share some music and provide some listening suggestions for August - though Trout and Oskaar have been keeping the blog space thoroughly entertained with their ongoing series, which I've taken the time to sample myself...
Last month, I left you with a month's worth of Canadian music, and this month - as many music institutions do in the Summer - I will concentrate on a "Composer Festival" format.
Updated Aug-05-2014 at 11:35 by itywltmt
I'll jump right into what I consider the deal-breaker for Beethoven's Ninth symphony: The first movement, "Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso". For others, it's the Finale and I can certainly understand that. However, for myself, the first movement sets the tone of the entire symphony. Not to mention that it's such an amazing movement that others have called it a veritable symphony in and unto itself. It's extremely difficult to perfectly capture the weight, depth and emotion that
Updated Aug-21-2014 at 03:48 by DiesIraeVIX
The Tuesday Blog takes a Summer Break
Before we discuss this week’s selection from the Podcast Vault, I wanted to advise the community that I’m taking a break this summer, and won’t be posting weekly as I’ve done in an uninterrupted string for three years.
Iron man no more.
As this Tuesday blog and my Friday Blog and Podcast on ITYWLTMT have become part
Updated Jul-01-2014 at 15:21 by itywltmt
For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.
My acquisitions for June - Four suggestions totalling 5 CDs...
MENDELSSOHN: Songs without Words
[eMusic - Vol 1, Vol 2]
Mendelssohn wrote eight volumes