Anecdotes

 
Maestros Tales

We are so fortunate that we can witness some of the work of legendary maestros of the last century via recordings and YouTube. Oftentimes their reputations are well known among aficionados of orchestral music. We musicians have a history, a [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | November 13th, 2012
 
Old Bach meets Old Fritz!

Musical Offering, BWV 1079 Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Ton Koopman Frederick the Great of Prussia, affectionately known as “Der Alte Fritz” (Old Fritz) is generally known as a brilliant military campaigner who established the reputation of Prussian military might. In addition, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 30th, 2012
 
Hands off my Flute!

Frederick the Great and his greatest Obsession Frederick II, of Prussia, subsequently known as Frederick the Great, was the eldest surviving son of Frederick William I and Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, the sister of George II of England. Daddy Frederick, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 11th, 2012
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart versus Muzio Clementi

Just imagine being in Vienna on Christmas Eve 1781. Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II — eldest son of Empress Maria Theresa and her husband Francis I, and brother of Marie Antoinette — was hosting a reception for the music loving [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 8th, 2012
 
Johann Sebastian Bach vs. Louis Marchand

LouisMarchand Grand Dialogue Pieces de clavecin, Book 1 We would be entirely wrong to assume that musical duels were in the exclusive domain of the 19th Century. Far from it, throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries, musicians busily battled in [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 20th, 2012
 
Franz Liszt versus Sigismond Thalberg

Sigismond Thalberg Fantasia on themes from Moise by Rossini, Op. 33 Franz Liszt Pacini – Grande fantaisie sur des motifs de Niobe, S419/R230 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S173/R14 III. Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude The culture of the traveling [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 26th, 2012
 
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Aix-en-Provence, 12th March 2011. In my previous article I wrote about the Ogdon-Stokowski recording of Brahms’ first piano concerto. Here, I would like to write about the performance of the concerto with consideration to the original score. The concerto, Op. [...] more >>

by Ian Pong | March 30th, 2011