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“The Maid as Mistress” Georg Philipp Telemann and Maria Katharina Textor

Georg Philipp Telemann TELEMANN, G.P.: Pimpinone [Opera] (1725) For one reason or another, scholarship has been unable to ascertain the exact number of children sired by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). This numerical uncertainly—not all together uncommon in the history of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 14th, 2011
“The Secret Passage” Felix Mendelssohn and Delphine von Schauroth

Felix Mendelssohn Song without words Book 1, Op 19No. 6 Andante sostenuto in G minor “Venezianisches Gondellied” (Venetian Boat Song) No. 1 (1830) Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25 (1830-31) On his way to Italy, Felix Mendelssohn [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 30th, 2011
Violin Concerto of Renewed Passion Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Iosef Kotek II

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major Op.35 (1878) The world of Classical and Popular music is numerously populated by compositions that openly celebrate courtship, love, sex, and marriage. Equally numerous, although less overtly advertised, are works that exult in the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 14th, 2011
The Mermaid and the Prince Alexander Zemlinsky and Alma Schindler

Alexander Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) (1902-3) He only stood 157 centimeters, and his asymmetrical face featured bulging eyes, a large pointy nose and a receding chin. She towered at a statuesque 172 centimeters, with large hazel eyes, finely chiseled [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 31st, 2011
Funeral Rites for Gustav Gustav Mahler and Marion Mathilde von Weber

Gustav Mahler Symphony no.2 in C minor “Resurrection” (1894) After conducting a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s comic opera Die drei Pintos (The three Pintos) on January 20, 1888—with Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky in the audience—Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) went home [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 15th, 2011
Valse-Scherzo of Lust Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Iosef Kotek

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34 Iosef Kotek with Tchaikovsky The interaction between teacher and student, at its most fundamental level, might be described as the attempt to forge a meaningful relationship to the past. This relationship depends on the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 29th, 2011
Quintet of Discontent César Franck and Augusta Holmès

César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor, M.7 (1879) The actress Madam Félicité Saillot Desmousseaux, better remembered as the dutiful wife of César Franck (1822-1890), greeted the arrival of her husband’s Piano Quintet in F minor with public condemnation, fiery [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 11th, 2011
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