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    A bit of background. At the time this article was written, Copland had already written both his early, more difficult works, inspired by Stravinsky, and also his New Deal-era populist works (also inspired by Stravinsky, just more diatonic). A few years later the critic Henry Pleasants was to...
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    Politically, Shostakovich could not have gotten away with writing 12-tone music. Still, are there any indications what he thought of this technique? Does somebody have the full text of the infamous "Muddle Instead of Music" article from 1936? Did Shostakovich realize how difficult his First...
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    In 2018, that is... Seen the press conference live, yesterday. Tried to find some recordings by Krill, what was difficult, as Vasily Petrenko recorded more. No relation, as I understood. Collected the recordings here...
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    This is a tough question, I think. What is compositional inspiration? Any composer you wish to discuss, whether Johann Bach or John Cage, whether Wolfgang Mozart or Luvsanjambyn Mördorj is less important. I just want to know how would you "define" compositional inspiration? Or at least what...
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    comical skit for piano: can't bring myself to make something serious recently. i think i am going to abandon sibelius or any notation software and move on to my 'new' upright piano, with some manuscript paper. like the old days. any advice for doing so? feels very difficult so far, to not...
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    Something you find difficult or impossible to explain? :tiphat:
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    Why don't classical musicians improvise any more? Just because it's not jazz doesn't mean it can't be improvised. It's a shame, in my opinion. Just because it's difficult to express the same depth of expression doesn't mean the skill can't be cultivated...
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    Hello! My son just finished Grade 1 ABRSM exam and wish to go straight to Grade 3. But he find the aural part is very difficult! Could you suggest some helpful aural training books/apps please? Thank you!
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    I have become a HUGE fan of Garrick Ohlsson's Beethoven cycle. I have been unable to find Volume 3 on Amazon or eBay. Does anyone know where I could find this CD and why it might be so difficult to find? I have heard that it won a Grammy. Maybe that's part of the reason. Thanks, Bill
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