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Composers > Anecdotes > Schubert: “Unfinished Symphony” - Premiered Today in 1865
by Georg Predota | December 17th, 2018

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Premiered Today in 1865

One of the biggest and most exciting mysteries in classical music is the question why Franz Schubert never completed his “Unfinished Symphony.” We do know that the Music Society in Graz bestowed upon Franz Schubert an honorary diploma in 1823. [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > X-mas in Disguise
by Georg Predota | December 17th, 2018

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Christmas has long attracted musical contributions from composers in various vocal and choral genres. In purely instrumental terms, however, the subject of Christmas appears limited to a concerto grosso by Corelli and some pastoral symphonies in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > 1,001(Arabian) Nights - Folk Tales in Music
by Georg Predota | December 16th, 2018

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Folk Tales in Music

Growing up, I still vividly remember standing in front of what seemed like an endless collection of Middle Eastern folk tales in the public library of my hometown. Compiled into a multi-volume work under the title “One Thousand and One [...] more >>

Blog > The Piano Concerto - Part 1 – The “Greats” and the “Must Learns”
by Frances Wilson | December 16th, 2018

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Part 1 – The “Greats” and the “Must Learns”

The concerto is one of the greatest corners of the pianist’s repertoire. A showcase for performer and instrument, it’s an opportunity for the composer to capitalise on the combined forces of soloist and orchestra, with thrilling and highly expressive results. [...] more >>

In Tune > Society > Violins of Hope
by Janet Horvath | December 15th, 2018

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Music has long stirred the spirit. Since time immemorial it has allowed us to soar to other realms mitigating heartbreak, offering solace, and encouraging optimism. But can the musical instruments themselves bear witness? Imbue future generations with sentiments from a [...] more >>

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 >>

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 >>