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  1. Three Scandinavian Symphonies

    This week’s Tuesday Blog presents a trio of symphonies by a pair of Scandinavian composers – one well-known, the other less.

    Let’s start with the better known of the two composers. Jean Sibelius wrote seven symphonies; and his Third Symphony represents a turning point in Sibelius's symphonic output. His First and Second symphonies are grandiose Romantic and patriotic works. The Third, however, shows a distinct, almost Classical desire to contain the largest amount of musical material ...
  2. The Piano Music of Scott Joplin (Part 2)

    To complete our two-part survey of the piano music of Scott Joplin, I wanted to share tracks I downloaded from a still-active Public Domain site, LiberMusica.


    In the first installment in this series I observed that the tempo on some of the ragtime tracks I unearthed years ago was, well, rather ...
  3. Franz Liszt on MP3.COM

    Once Upon the Internet aligns well with my month-long podcast arc “Homage to Hungary”, with a sampling of piano music from one of Hungary’s most notable musicians of the 19th Century, Franz Liszt.


    Liszt is born into a musical family; his father Adam Liszt had ties with the musical entourage of Nikolaus II Esterházy. As a teenager, he played cello in the House ...
  4. Wagner overtures: Tannhäuser, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Feen

    Vinyl's Revenge returns this month with a nearly 35 year old release by the Philips label, which will act as a segue to this week's Friday Blog and Podcast featuring Richard Wagner operatic selections (read our below "teaser" for links).

    My vinyl collection has three Wagner LPs, all of "orchestral favourites": the unavoidable "Highlights from the Ring" (George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, CBS "Great Performances" re-issue), an analogue disc ...
  5. Beethoven's Summer Vacation

    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.

    Remembering ...

    Updated Aug-05-2014 at 11:35 by itywltmt

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