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  1. Classical Music Discussion
    I'm going to apply for a composition program. Right now, my main colleges are USC, Indiana, or Eastman. I will try to choose maybe another or maybe replace one because I know these are really difficult to get into. I talked to my band teacher and some professors and they all said that they only...
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    I've been hugely enjoying getting to know Bruckner's 4th Symphony - even more so since learning its programmatic elements, all knights, castles and derring-do. I know that sounds a bit corny but those images come to me vividly while listening - particularly the 3rd Movement with its heroic...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    I was at a premiere the other night, and before the orchestra played the piece, the composer came out, explained the two works, gave the audience a very particular image and setting, a picture, really, that he was evoking in the music. Then the piece starts, and unfortunately, I could focus on...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Your Fairy Godmother has just granted you one wish, i.e. to be able to conduct your favourite orchestra in a program of your choosing. You now have 60 seconds in which to decide what that will be and to let us know. Edited... If you want soloists and/or chorus, you can have them, just tell us who
  5. Orchestral Music
    In an extended interview that Sir Simon Rattle about the Sibelius symphonies as part of the cycle that he performed this week in Berlin, he made the interesting comment about Tapiola that "I almost don't know how to program it." He went on to say that it would overwhelm anything else and should...
  6. Solved Cases (archive)
    Back in the '60s, the was a syndicated hour-long classical radio show called "The World of Adventure in Music." It was hosted by a Frank Waldecker, and sponsored by TWA (Trans World Airlines). I listened to it on WCRB, Boston's commercial classical station, but I'm sure it appeared all over...
  7. Today's Composers
    Some of you might be interested in this: http://chuck.cs.princeton.edu/ This is for, quote, "ChucK : Strongly-timed, Concurrent, and On-the-fly Music Programming Language". I'm not a composer, but this looked interesting and thought some of you might be interested in it. I've composed...
  8. Orchestral Music
    I know this may seem like a straightforward question, but I got into a debate about it with another conductor and wanted other people's opinions: Can you define what programmatic music is? My argument is that almost 90% of music is programmatic for the composers are, most of the time, trying to...
  9. Classifieds
    The Internaltional Institute InterIMAEC is proud to present Alliancepiano http://www.alliancepiano.com/page00_EN.php- an intensive learning program for pianists preparing them for a lifelong performance career. 1. The preparation for higher education entrance examinations, international...
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