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In his Suite 1922, Paul Hindemith had not only referenced in popular music genres; he also paid homage to the gestures and aesthetic of the high Baroque. Like many composers of the time, Hindemith was looking for greater objectivity and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 29th, 2013
The Érard of your Ways! “Waldstein” and “Appassionata”

What had begun as a slight ringing in his ears around 1789 had progressively turned into partial deafness by 1801. In 1802, while spending the summer in the Viennese suburb of Heiligenstadt, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his last will and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 13th, 2013
Let’s do the Shimmy! Hindemith, Bartók and Bach

Composed in January and February 1920, Paul Hindemith’s third string quartet was described as “brimming with youthful energy…a thrilling, musical event, real ‘new’ music. Here everything is comprehensible and concrete.” First performed at the Donaueschingen Chamber Music Performances in 1921, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 10th, 2013
A Vision of Eternity Schubert’s String Quintet

Franz SchubertString Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956(Stern, Casals, Tortelier, Schneider, Katims) (1956) In the autumn of 1822, Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828), a quiet, shy, gentle and introverted man of short stature, contracted syphilis. Affectionately called “Schwammerl,” a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 29th, 2013
The Old World just exploded! Hindemith and Brahms

Paul Hindemith was a precocious musical talent. Whatever he touched, he almost instantaneously mastered. He started violin lessons at an early age and was admitted to the Frankfurt Conservatory at age 12. He soon became an accomplished performer on several [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 26th, 2013
Beethoven and his Op. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 2, No. 1 Piano Sonatas Op. 2 No. 2 Piano Sonatas Op. 2, No. 3 Historians and scholars habitually divided Beethoven’s life and work into three periods, a concept that originated with Johann Aloys [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 12th, 2013
Plants growing in the wrong climate: Verdi and his String Quartet

Originally, the term “Grand Opera” meant nothing more than a work that dealt with a serious subject and featured recitatives to separate musical numbers, rather than the dialogue used in opéra comique. By 1830, however, it had come to refer [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 8th, 2013
Searching for Authenticity: Turandot

Ever since the seventeenth century, composers in every generation have explored the Orient for musical and dramatic inspiration. In fact, the sheer durability of this Orientalist obsession in music has greatly extended the language of music by employing eastern instruments, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 31st, 2013