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  1. Once Upon... The Airwaves

    For this month's Once Upon the Internet, I chose to share a rather recent discovery, and one that brought back lots of personal memories.

    About 30 years ago, I was in Graduate School and I was still doing a lot of Classical Music Radio listening. One of the shows I listened to regularly was a CBC Stereo program whose name has changed many times over the years - I think it was then called In Performance.

    The program, weeknights at 8 PM, regularly featured live concerts, ...
  2. Raymonda: An Introduction to an Adventure (blog 1)



    In 1897, Russian composer Alexander Glazunov was commissioned his very first ballet. This was different than the other 2 commissions that he had earlier, one in 1892 where he was asked to take his Chopiniana suite and allow it for use in a ballet, thereby becoming what was the beginnings of Les Slyphides, and his Scenes de Ballet op. 52 commissioned by the St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra. Les Sylphides was created after the fact, ...

    Updated Feb-21-2016 at 20:38 by Huilunsoittaja

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  3. Glazunov 150th Birthday Celebrations: Part Two

    Hello again! Getting pumped yet?? I know I am!! August 10, mark the date!! But honestly, the whole month of August is a celebration, and now too.

    This year I graduated from my university, and had to do a Senior Recital as one of my last undergraduate requirements. I performed a tribute to Sibelius, Nielsen and Glazunov on my program, made up of transcriptions, arrangements, etc. I recommend hearing all of them, but to hear only the Glazunov piece, skip to 8:10 ... see what I did there? ...
  4. Bruckner's Fifth

    Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 5 was written at a time of much trouble and disillusionment un the composer's life - it is not outwardly a work of storm and stress, yet is one of his most contrapuntally intricate works. The symphony is sometimes referred to as "Tragic", or "Church of Faith". Three of its four movements (1, 2 and 4) begin with pizzicato strings, hence its other nickname, “the Pizzicato Symphony”. The pizzicato figures are symmetrical, in the sense that the ...
  5. Virgil Fox in Recital

    A few weeks ago, we showcased some works performed by British born American-based organist E. Power Biggs. Among Biggs’ rivals was concert organist Virgil Fox, who was known for a more flamboyant "Heavy Organ" style of performance. Fox decried Biggs' insistence on historical accuracy, claiming that it was "relegating the organ to a museum piece".


    According to the Virgil Fox Legacy website, Fox was born ...
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