Blog > Twistin’ the Turk – Igudesman and Joo Move Mozart to Another Part of Asia
by Maureen Buja | October 24th, 2018

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The piano and violin duo Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo have given any number of audience members a new way to hear music that could, perhaps, be too familiar.

Media > How To Make It In The Music Business Today: Improvisation All The Way
October 24th, 2018

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Being a professional musician takes practice—lots of practice. But those looking to make a steady living as a musician have to pay much more attention to the networking and management aspects of their careers than they used to.

Composers > Love > Mission Impossible - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Désirée Artôt
by Georg Predota | October 23rd, 2018

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Désirée Artôt

The Belgian mezzo-soprano Désirée Artôt (1835-1907) studied with Pauline Viardot and Francesco Lamperti in London and in Paris. She started her career at the Paris Opera in 1858 when Giacomo Meyerbeer engaged her to sing in his Le prophète. Berlioz, [...] more >>

October 23rd, 2018

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ChopinNocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1 Nocturne No. 7 in C Minor Minor, Op. 27, No. 1 Nocturne No. 8 in D flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2 Nocturne No. 4 in F Major, Op. 15, [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Camille Saint-Saëns at the Piano
by Georg Predota | October 22nd, 2018

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For a variety of extra-musical reasons, Camille Saint-Saëns has never been taken seriously as one of the great French composers of the late 19th-century. Historically informed, widely read in the French classics, religion, Latin, Greek, and acquiring a taste for [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Orchestral Pipe Dreams - Symphonic Works with Organ II
by Georg Predota | October 21st, 2018

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Symphonic Works with Organ II

Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911) was one of the first performers and composers in a long line of French organists who took advantage of the versatility of the symphonic pipe organ. Devoted to the organ from an early age, he went to [...] more >>

Blog > The Pianist’s Mystique
by Frances Wilson | October 21st, 2018

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The concert pianist cuts a romantic, almost mysterious image: alone on the stage with only a shiny black minotaur of a concert grand for company, the pianist exists in a place other than ours, elevated – both physically and metaphorically [...] more >>

Blog > When Touring Orchestras Face Travel Hell
by Janet Horvath | October 20th, 2018

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Picture this: A touring orchestra in Travel Hell: one-hundred musicians, a team of staff, a cargo plane full of instruments, sheet music and equipment, unexpectedly brought to a halt. The performance, scheduled years in advance, in a famous concert hall, [...] more >>