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  1. Blog 5

    I was thinking about the musicological canon today (as always!) and considering the ratio of radical to non-radical composers in it.

    Brahms is the only conservative who is taken really seriously by academics (as seriously as, say, Haydn). I think there are a number of reasons for this.

    1 - His music is of a consistently high standard. (He destroyed works he deemed sub-par.)

    2 - He completes the "3 Bs". (Plus he is a white German male which helps!)
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  2. Disappeared: Chapters 2, 3

    It was June, and I knew something was definitely wrong with Elena. She would never spend evenings with me ever. In fact, she hardly wanted to be with me at all! What had I done to her? It hurt me very much. All she wanted to do was practice and be alone all the time. This may have been symptoms of depression, so I thought. But it really turned for worst when she bought his apartment.
    Sergei had lived in a luxury apartment on the top floor of a building (9th floor). Because no one was
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    Updated Apr-20-2011 at 01:42 by Huilunsoittaja

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  3. First early music concert!

    Yes, I played at A=415 in concert for the first time tonight. It was a fascinating concert for me, since the director spoke to the audience between sections of the concert, and he knows a lot.

    The concert was themed, about birds. Ironically, we have a small recital hall called "Bird Hall" but we didn't play in it. There was a ricercar based on some song about birds, there were a couple of Rameau harpsichord pieces depicted birds, a Vivaldi concerto (Il Cardilleno or something
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  4. Blog 4

    I completed the string parts of my Berio transcription. I just need to fill out the wind parts and then that's another module finished. The piece, 'Leaf' is made almost entirely from close staccato chords. The interest comes from the elusive third pedal which allows selected pitches to sustain.



    Neeme Jarvi's rendition of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suites 1, 2 & 3 came through the post from ebay today. Right off the bat,
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  5. Music and Literature

    Hello y'all!

    As some of you will already know, I study literature at university. Owing to my love of language and poetry, this is what informs my passion for the [b]tone poem[/b] above all other types of music.

    Unfortunately, though I think it's imperative to understand the literature behind a literary-inspired piece of music - even if you listen to the music first before searching out the relevant texts - it's too often the case that people simply aren't interested,
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