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Composers > Inspiration > The Fun of Variations
by Maureen Buja | June 25th, 2019

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One of the most interesting of the small forms is the variation. Typically, a theme is presented so that the audience is on the same footing at the composer. Then, the composer shows off by taking the original theme and [...] more >>

Blog > Grigory Sokolov in Wuppertal
by Anson Yeung | June 24th, 2019

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Grigory Sokolov, regarded as one of the best pianists alive, delivered an exceptionally refined and sublime recital at Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal as part of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2019, with a programme consisting of Beethoven and Brahms. On a side note, [...] more >>

Composers > Love > Frédéric Chopin and Maria Wodzińska - Funeral March for the Heart
by Georg Predota | June 24th, 2019

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Funeral March for the Heart

Frédéric Chopin had turned twenty-five when he fell passionately and hopelessly in love with sixteen-year old Maria Wodzińska. He had known her as a child, and “used to chase her through the rooms at Pszenny.” She in turn greatly “annoyed [...] more >>

In Tune > Arts > Musicians and Artists: Ethel Waters and Beauford Delaney
by Maureen Buja | June 23rd, 2019

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The American artist Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1901 and showed skill in drawing from an early age. His activities in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance as a pastel portraitist brought him into conjunction with [...] more >>

Blog > Queen Victoria’s Gilded Piano graces the 2019 Proms
by Frances Wilson | June 23rd, 2019

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To coincide with the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birth, this year’s BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, will include a performance on a beautifully decorated gilded Erard piano. Many illustrious pianists played Erard instruments, including Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn [...] more >>

Blog > An International Career Cut Short - A Brief life of Richard Farrell
by Maureen Buja | June 22nd, 2019

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A Brief life of Richard Farrell

Richard Farrell (1926-1958) was, literally, one of those musical geniuses who came out of nowhere. Well, not really nowhere, but certainly far away from the usual centers of musical supply. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, and spending most of his [...] more >>

Artists > Interviews > Maestro Vänskä’s Finnish Adventure
by Janet Horvath | June 21st, 2019

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic—the pre-eminent orchestra of Asia— performs 150 concerts during their 44-week season under the direction of music director Jaap van Zweden. As part of their Swire Maestro Series, Osmo Vänskä will be their guest, conducting the orchestra [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Music and Nature - Seasons: Summer
by Maureen Buja | June 21st, 2019

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Seasons: Summer

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What kind of summer do you have? The burning summer of the Middle East? The humid summers of the Far East and the American Midwest? The ideal summers of sunny days and picnics, tennis and a hike? Or just the [...] more >>