Composers > Inspiration > Beethoven and the “Maiden in Love”
by Georg Predota | December 14th, 2018

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To her close friends she was simply known as “Babette,” but everybody else referred to her as Princess Anna Louise Barbara Odescalchi. That, of course, was her married name as she had wed Prince Innocenz Odescalchi in Pressburg, currently called [...] more >>

Media > Perhaps Music Really is a Universal Language
December 14th, 2018

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New research finds we can often identify a song’s intended purpose, even when it’s a product of a distant culture.

Composers > Anecdotes > Gershwin: - An American in Paris - - Premiered Today in 1928
by Georg Predota | December 13th, 2018

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Premiered Today in 1928

When George Gershwin made his way to Paris in 1926 he was looking to expand his musical horizon by taking lessons with Maurice Ravel. Ravel excused himself under the pretense of not “wanting to spoil Gershwin’s musical voice,” and he [...] more >>

Blog > Talismans and Tokens: Rituals of Performance
by Frances Wilson | December 13th, 2018

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Performance itself is a ritual – it happens in a special place, at a special time, for which the performer wears special clothing to distinguish him or herself from the audience, and the audience observes particular customs during the entirety [...] more >>

Forgotten records > Tchaikovsky
December 13th, 2018

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TchaikovskySymphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” Performed by Alexandre Melik-Pachaïev, conductor Orchestre du Théâtre Bolchoï de Moscou Recorded in 1955 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” – Allegro con grazia

Composers > Inspiration > The Pure Blood, or an Opera of Extreme Sensitivity
by Maureen Buja | December 12th, 2018

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In his 1853 collection of stories for children, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen told the story of the Princess and the Pea, or, as in his title, The Princess ON the Pea. He had first told the fairy tale, which [...] more >>

Media > Why Do Orchestras Seem to Play Behind the Beat?
December 12th, 2018

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If someone ever criticizes you for being slightly off the mark or slow to react, tell them you’re modeling your actions after those in professional orchestras. Just look at this conducting:

Blog > Inside the Jury Room
by Daniel Tong | December 11th, 2018

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In November this year, the first Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival took place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In my role as founder and artistic director this involved months of planning, complex preparations and a few deep breaths too. [...] more >>