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  1. MuseScore frustration (rant)

    Why virtual realisation of music is hard on F/OSS platforms

    I'd just like to place on record that MuseScore, while a pretty good piece of notation software, is shockingly difficult to use for realistic sequencing. (Disclaimer: the rant below applies to 0.9.6pre, and I see that they now have a v1.0 out, but it's not come through my distro yet)

    Chief among its problems is that it can only handle one SoundFont at a time, so you have to either use a monolithic whole-orchestra
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  2. How I finally came into terms with Vivaldi (A call to simple love)

    For those of you who know me well, you probably know that I can often have the elitist attitude of looking down on more mainstream classical works simply because I feel that I have moved on to something better, an intellectual step higher from where I was before. The natural idea of progression has become so infiltrated in society since the Enlightenment that it dominates even the way many of us "appreciate" art.

    So some of you will be surprised that my first blog post
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    Updated Apr-16-2011 at 20:51 by Air

    Tags: concerto, vivaldi
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    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music
  3. 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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  4. 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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    Classical Music , Personal , Literature , Other
  5. 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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