Nadia could scarcely believe her eyes. 1,000 rubles, right there for her written on the check. That's as much as she made in 6 months working at her copyist position.
"What can this mean??" she thought to herself. "This is absurd! I barely was a help to him, he knew that. There can only be one reason... he finds me invaluable. But it can't be!" she held the check to her heart, and looked out defiantly into the darkness outside her apartment's window.
Call him the anti-Bernstein, if you will. I can remember seeing William Steinberg lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, and I was always amazed that the orchestra knew what to do so well. From the back, he looked almost motionless. But, no assistant or guest conductor of the time could get as much out of the ensemble.
Well, I finally got my EMI Steinberg boxed set and I'm going to try to share my reactions to the music it contains here.
The whole week was extremely stressful for Nadia. Her lack of sleep made her a bit irritable at her work, and she began to loathe it all the more. She began to be more flippant in her speech to her superior to the point of offense on the Friday of the week.
"Do you think you run things around here, Nadia? You have no excuse for not making your quota," he boss told her sternly.
"I don't understand why you won't give me a break, this work is more than one
Updated Aug-18-2012 at 16:40 by Huilunsoittaja
Summer of the Sonata
“The Summer of the Sonata” Community Project
ISGM Music Library
For our last sonata recital from the Gardner museum, I thought it would be a nice change to not feature a single artist, but rather offer a few sonatas from different composers and instrument combinbations from the Gardner's excellent music library.
Charles Ives' "Concord" Sonata
Nadia got to work on training herself as much theory and aural skills as she could. She bought a self-teaching book on ear training, and began the exercises. However, not having a piano to base her pitches was a real difficulty, almost to the point she began wandering around the city to find a piano shop, or tavern. Pianos were certainly available, but she was not allowed to play them, especially if people were around.
"Well, may I come early in the morning to play?" she