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  1. Beethoven: Classicism, Romanticism, Etc.

    Beethoven: Classicism, Romanticism, Etc.

    I have seen multiple threads on subjects related to this, two of them very recent. This is just a few more of my thoughts on the matter.

    There intermediary stage between Classicism and Romanticism is often-discussed (but also often ill-defined). Is the question even of great importance? Well, maybe it isn’t, but it certainly has been the subject of much debate and discussion from academics, composers, and laymen alike. From Berlioz ...

    Updated Dec-04-2014 at 02:26 by DiesIraeCX

    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors , Musicians
  2. Child's Play

    Christmas time is upon us and I thought I would use this visit in the Podcast Vault to not only get us in the spirit of the Season, but also to propose some music that is appropriate for young (and young at heart) music lovers.

    There are three main ideas that intermingle in this montage: children, children’s tales and (of course) toys. Let’s discuss these themes and my selections in no particular ...

    Updated Dec-02-2014 at 11:16 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. Piano Lessons 5 & 6

    I am a Northerner, and we have a saying in the UK: Northerners believe in 'calling a spade a spade'.
    'Aye, fair enough,' is the retort. 'But don't call it a bl**dy trowel.'

    If somebody asks me a question about how I feel, I have to say what I think. This morning Rho picked up on what she'd asked me last week - I think it has been worrying her, because like me she's a person who has little niggles.

    So, after I'd explained that I'd have to leave a couple of minutes ...

    Updated Dec-08-2014 at 23:12 by Ingélou

  4. La Chronique du Disque (November 2014)

    For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.

    My Suggestions for November

    Ravel, Sayat-Nova & Kradjian: Troubadour and the Nightingale

    There are many excellent chamber ensembles out there, but one of the ...
  5. Piano Lesson 4

    As we all know, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour - and Good Boys Deserve Favour Always. Plus, Face up to it - All Cows Eat Grass.

    But what's wrong with these mnemonics for the notes on the stave in treble and bass clef?

    I mean, apart from the fact that the concepts of good boys and favour seem even more quaintly Victorian now than they did when I first heard them in 1961?

    (In York, we used a different mnemonic. There's a dormitory village for the city ...

    Updated Nov-22-2014 at 10:30 by Ingélou