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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 >>

Blog > La scala di seta (Farsa Comica)
by Peter Hermes | October 19th, 2018

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Teatro “Cesare Caporali” sits in Panicale Umbria. Panicale is a jewel of a historic town as so many are in Umbria. You’ve never heard of it just as I’ve never heard of it either until 4 years ago, in spite [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Sibelius: - Violin Concerto - (revised version) - Premiered Today in 1905
by Georg Predota | October 19th, 2018

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Premiered Today in 1905

The violin concerto by Jean Sibelius is, without doubt, one of the most frequently recorded and performed concertos. However, things did not look all that promising after the first public performance in Helsinki on 8 February 1904. Originally, Willy Burmester [...] more >>

Blog > Concerts: A Social Affair
by Frances Wilson | October 18th, 2018

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We go to concerts for a variety of reasons: to be moved emotionally, to be entertained, and as a social event. There was a time, prior to the nineteenth century, when engaging with what is now generally called “classical music” [...] more >>

In Tune > Society > The Concert Preacher: Music in the Service of Politics?
by Georg Predota | October 17th, 2018

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When Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman told American audiences during his debut recital at Disney Hall in Los Angeles “Get your hands off my country,” he stirred up the seemingly endless debate whether classical music and political advocacy can or should [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) - “Music Is Heaven’s Gift to Humanity”
by Georg Predota | October 16th, 2018

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“Music Is Heaven’s Gift to Humanity”

Boris Asafyev, one of the founders of Soviet musicology, wrote the following summary assessment regarding Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “He was the first composer of a new Russian type… in a deeply original, personal and national style he united the symphonic [...] more >>