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Blog > A Salome to flummox the Salzburg glitterati
by Philip Eisenbeiss | August 19th, 2018

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This summer’s Salzburg Festival chatter was dominated by the enthusiastic reviews of the new production of Richard Strauss’ Salome and its new star soprano Asmik Grigorian.

In Tune > Society > The Componium of Dietrich Nikolaus Winkel
by Georg Predota | August 19th, 2018

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Reporting from a scientific exhibition in Paris, a musical journal in 1824 wrote, “the astonishment of the hearers was at its height when, after having executed a march with variations by Moscheles, the instrument was left to follow its own [...] more >>

Blog > The Musician’s Vulnerability
by Frances Wilson | August 19th, 2018

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Please don’t shoot at the pianist; he’s doing his best(attributed to Oscar Wilde) I sometimes get the feeling people think musicians are invincible… We engage in a highly complex, technical and artistic activity which requires huge physical and mental agility [...] more >>

Blog > Schools of Cello Playing: France
by Janet Horvath | August 18th, 2018

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Like the German school of cello playing, the French School had a centuries-long impact, which continues today. When we think of French playing, refinement, finesse, and elegance come to mind, but during the 18th Century in Northern Europe the cello [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Schreker: - Der Ferne Klang - (The Distant Sound) - Premiered today in 1912
by Georg Predota | August 18th, 2018

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Premiered today in 1912

Franz Schreker (1878-1934) is largely forgotten today, but in his time he was Richard Strauss’ main rival for the title of Germany’s leading composer of opera. Schreker wrote complex harmonic scores using advanced chromatic harmonies and large orchestras, yet his [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Familiar but different – Opera in other languages
by Maureen Buja | August 17th, 2018

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We are so used to the sound of opera aria sung in their native language that when we run across translated versions, we’re often stopped in our tracks. English National Opera in London is (in)famous for its presentation of all [...] more >>

Artists > Interviews > The Silver Voice on the Silver Screen - An Interview with Grace Davidson
by Maureen Buja | August 16th, 2018

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An Interview with Grace Davidson

You’ve heard her voice but never seen her perform, she’s been in all of your favourite movies but you won’t recognize her. She’s been in Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hobbit films 2 and 3, [...] more >>

Blog > Tributes and Transcriptions
by Frances Wilson | August 16th, 2018

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In the nineteenth century Franz Liszt probably did more than any other composer for the genre of the piano transcription. His transcriptions and paraphrases made an important contribution to the development of piano music, with their technical challenges, innovative notation, [...] more >>