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Pierre's Tuesday Blog

Weekly blog on music, featuring selections openly available on the Web. Also, a "teaser" of things to come on my Friday blog and podcast on Blogspot.

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  1. Scherzos and Minuets

    by , Sep-10-2013 at 10:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    "S" for "September" continues with "S" for "Scherzo", as in the dance-like, musical joke that has come to replace the minuet in three or four-movement works. The transition from the minuet (espooused by Haydn in particular) to the scherzo is a key step in the evolution from the classical period to the early romantic.

    I don't now if we can call this the first instance of a scherzo, but certainly the third movement ...

    Updated Sep-10-2013 at 12:26 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky

    by , Sep-03-2013 at 10:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    This month, the posts I have planned for the Tuesday blog and on my weekly podcast is “S” for “September”, where the topics have in common well, you know, the letter “S”. For the Podcast Vault, another October 2012 montage, this one featuring Igor Stravinsky as both composer and conductor.

    In 1962 (or thereabouts), Columbia Masterworks embarked with Stravinsky in an ambitious 80th birthday ...

    Updated Sep-07-2013 at 04:15 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors , Recorded Music
  3. La Chronique du Disque (August 2013) - Part 1

    by , Aug-27-2013 at 10:01 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    Because I am intertwining some personal anecdotes to today's Chronique, I will skip the usual reminder of how we do things around here. If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.

    My Acquisitions for August

    HUMMEL: Piano Trios Nos. 1, 5 and 7

    Updated Aug-27-2013 at 12:27 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. La Chronique du Disque (August 2013) - Part 2

    by , Aug-27-2013 at 10:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    Link to Part 1:

    A Grand Concert Of Musick: Archiv Produktion CD & Catalogue
    [Store Purchase]

    Found on an "end rack" on sale for $10, this CD is a re-issue of an Archiv LP from 1977 (with additional material from 1984) featuring Trevor Pinnock and his English ...
  5. The Equinox String Quartet - Camille Saint-Saens: Two String Quartets

    by , Aug-20-2013 at 10:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    This week, a "complete CD" downloaded from the original MP3.COM, promoting Eroica Classical Recording artists, The Equinox String Quartet.

    Its members, Lun Jiang and Quan Jiang, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; and Ann Kim; violincello, have studied at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and Yale University; with some of the most prominent names ...