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My acquisitions for December - All Canadian selections
Vivaldi Complete cello concertos Ofra Harnoy Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Updated Dec-31-2013 at 18:23 by itywltmt
As we do every year, time for our yearly "gumdrops" post, kind of a special edition of our regular look at acquisitions, but picking up stuff I acquired or discovered through the year that hasn't made it on the Tuesday Blog.
I would not be a Blogger wort my salt if I didn't use Social Media to promote my activities, and Facebook has been very good for me at doing just that.
In the process of trying
Updated Dec-24-2013 at 14:26 by itywltmt
I wanted to continue my ongoing look into Tchaikovsky's music on Once Upon the Internet this month, and to do so I will "cheat" a bit and recycle for the most part a post from my Blogspot blog dating May 17 2001.
The Italian conductor, Guido Cantelli (1920-1956), was both the youngest and shortest-lived of the world-class conductors born between 1908 and 1920,
Updated Dec-19-2013 at 00:33 by itywltmt
At face value, this symphony already poses some interesting features. The Fourth Symphony only has three movements: two relatively long and complex outer movements and a Scherzo in between. While none of the movements use Sonata form, Glazunov creates his own modified versions of theme and variation and sonata-rondo. Much like Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, this symphony’s main basis is an immense cyclical form of a handful of concrete themes. However, this is not a feature that the Nationalists never
In the second half the 19th century, a civil war of musical sorts brewed in Russia. During the 1800s, there was a surge of artistic expression in Russia on all sides, from literature to art to music. Of all the intense identity crises that hit, musical academia was perhaps hit the hardest. In the course of 50 years, a clear division of ideology split musical academia in two: in St. Petersburg, a set of composers known as the “Mighty Handful” had set up camp and declared themselves as the true torchbearers