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  1. "Great Conductors Do Not Dance" : A Steinberg Appreciation

    by , Aug-17-2012 at 13:31
    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 ...
  2. Touch: Chapter 4

    by , Aug-17-2012 at 00:32
    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

    Non-Classical Music , Personal , Literature , Other
  3. The Summer of the Sonata - Part Six

    by , Aug-14-2012 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    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 ...
  4. Touch: Chapter 3

    by , Aug-09-2012 at 17:13
    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 ...
  5. Touch: Chapter 2

    by , Aug-08-2012 at 18:38
    On Saturday morning, Nadia put on her most formal dress, and having practiced a little solfege went out to find a carriage who could find the address she was looking for.

    It was not at all where she expected. The carriage came to a stunning semi-mansion apartment in one of the richest areas of the city. Getting out, she approached the large door apprehensively, and knocked.

    A tall, elderly servant came to the door, and bid her come in. It was the same one who was on the ...

    Updated Aug-18-2012 at 16:42 by Huilunsoittaja (typos, other inconsistencies)

    Non-Classical Music , Personal , Literature , Other