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  1. Blog 7

    Oh joy of joys! The Berio transcription is complete, as is the film score! I printed off the 4 pieces that make up my composition portfolio and now need to write a 1500 word aesthetic statement. The 3000 word monster analysis is still growling in the back of my mind but I'll tackle that tomorrow. It's been a pretty productive day in spite of how mind-numbing the work can be at times.
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  2. Dances and Rhapsodies Hungarian and Slavonic: Liszt, Brahms, Dvorak

    Going back a few days, I want to share my big recent discovery: Liszt's Hungarian Dances.



    Lovely, fun stuff - great rhythms, sweet harmonies. I wish I'd heard them years ago. You might want to shop around for better recordings, as this one appears to be a bit controversial, but anyway it really made me happy and I'm going to listen to it many more times.

    Perhaps only because
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    Updated Apr-18-2011 at 18:46 by science

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  3. Today's Music

    As a mere "advanced beginner" in the world of classical music, I won't pretend to give any lectures here. No map, just a record of my stumbles through the vast uncharted territories of human culture.

    Too much ado already.

    And anyway, today was a pop day.

    For the first time, I listened to If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, an album bt The Mamas & the Papas. The experts tell us it's a classic.

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    Updated Apr-18-2011 at 18:52 by science

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  4. Blog 6

    I've set myself a three day time span to get all my work for university done and dusted. That will mean three days of nothing but work. It's funny how my future earning potential will be based upon how well I can describe the Xenakis piano piece, Evryali and how well I can write music to accompany film footage of a cat!
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  5. Azguime: Itinerário do Sal on DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    399 years of opera… I’ve just watched Itinerário do Sal (Salt Itinerary) by contemporary Portuguese composer Miguel Azguime, pushing my temporal operatic span to almost four centuries, given that the oldest opera that I’ve seen is Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo composed in 1607, and this one is from 2006.


    It’s proposed, in terms of classification, as an “electroacoustic and multimedia opera.” It is available on DVD. There are two nice extras – a 35-minute fascinating interview
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