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My post today lines up somewhat with my ongoing look at the music of Joseph Haydn - cello works last week, and my 3-pat series (finishing Friday) look at the Paris symphonies.
In the first post of that series, I spoke of Haydn's contract with the Court of Esterházy and how Haydn, in renewing that commitment, received more freedom to compose for other orchestras and for other sponsors. The Paris symphonies (composed for the Comte d'Ogny) and the London symphonies
Updated May-21-2013 at 11:32 by itywltmt
According to the artist's webpage, German cellist Reiner Hochmuth began to play the cello at the age of 10. After winning numerous prizes at German Youth Competitions he chose to study music seriously rather than pursue chemistry.
In 1973, he spent one year in private study with Paul Tortelier at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen (where he returned in 1976 to study with Janos Starker and graduated
Updated May-14-2013 at 11:33 by itywltmt
This week's selection from the Podcast Vault tries to recreate a concert that took place 189 years ago today. A concert that, in may ways, stands as the event where one of Classical Music's most beloved works of the SYmphonic repertoire received its first performance.
(This, might I had, is in sharp
Updated May-07-2013 at 14:02 by itywltmt
The rules will be kept simple: here’s what I found, here’s where I found it, here’s a couple of sentences about it and (possibly) some opinions.
Not unlike Olympic Figure Skating, I will provide two sets of marks (letters A to D) on sound quality (SQ) and on overall impression (OI). These grades are entirely subjective, but here are some guidelines:
About “sound quality”: my point of reference is my iPod (160 GB iPod Classic) with standard
Updated Apr-30-2013 at 11:36 by itywltmt
All this month on my Friday Blog and Podcast I have been exploring the theme of story telling. Of course, the most popular form of story telling in music is the tone poem, an invention that - as I explained in my post on Symphonie Fantastique - in one of the key contributions of the Romantic era. A toine poem is, by definition, the antithesis of form, it is a pure musical canvas, used to paint a particular story, express emotions, all those things we routinely associate
Updated Apr-23-2013 at 12:15 by itywltmt