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  • The Greatest [Top Ten Composers of all time revealed!]

    01/23/2011 1:38:09 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 160 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times Blog ^ | January 21, 2011 | ANTHONY TOMMASINI
    HERE goes. This article completes my two-week project to select the top 10 classical music composers in history, not including those still with us. Left, 1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). From top left, 2. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), 3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 — 91). 4. Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828). From middle left, 5. Claude Achille Debussy (1862 — 1918), 6. Igor Stravinsky (1882 — 1971), 7. Johannes Brahms (1833 — 97). From bottom left, 8. Giuseppe Verdi (1813 — 1901), 9. Richard Wagner (1813 — 83), 10. Bela Bartok (1881 — 1945). I am about to reveal my list,...
  • The Greatest [Who were the top ten composers of all time?]

    01/09/2011 7:12:24 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 141 replies
    NY Times Blog ^ | January 7, 2011 | ANTHONY TOMMASINI
    YOU know that a new year has truly arrived when critics stop issuing all those lists of the best films, books, plays, recordings and whatever of the year gone by. These lists seem to be popular with readers, and they stir up lively reactions. snip... Yet in other fields, critics and insiders think bigger. Film institutes periodically issue lists of the greatest films of all time. (“Citizen Kane” seems to have a lock on the top spot.) Rock magazines routinely tally the greatest albums ever. And think of professional tennis, with its system of rankings, telling you exactly which player...
  • Beethoven

    11/04/2010 7:19:12 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 67 replies · 3+ views
    2010/11/05 | WesternCulture
    70 years ago, Britain and America together murdered the industrial capacity of Continental Europe. (I have dared to arrive in Dresden early morning - doing so will rip your heart out, the marks of the bombings still are extremely present, words can't describe what you'll encounter) 50 years ago, Continental Europe stood up very well against America and Britain. 21 years ago, the Berlin wall came down. Today, Communism and Nazism are stone dead in Europe, economic growth is decent in Germany and our school children are not instructed to salute Hitler or Stalin. We Europeans are annoying when we...
  • Destiny in D Minor The origins and influence of Beethoven's last symphony

    06/18/2010 11:03:54 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 26 replies · 492+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | NORMAN LEBRECHT
    Nobody understood Beethoven. Vienna in his own time, the early years of the 19th century, recognized his unruly genius but could not fathom why he wrote so far beyond popular comprehension or what kind of man he was. What they saw in the flesh was a disaster—a musician driven to fits of rage by debilitating deafness, reckless in hygiene and dress, ruinous in human relationships, yet revered by fellow artists as a force of destiny. What they saw, in other words, was a caricature. The image became no clearer after his death in 1827. By midcentury, Beethoven had been put...
  • Beethoven's Intimate Creations

    06/05/2010 8:01:56 PM PDT · by starczar66 · 28 replies · 503+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/5/10 | STUART ISACOFF
    ...Beethoven's life was as complex and outsize as his art—a roller-coaster ride of willful strife, earthy humor, crushing loneliness, explosive rage and spiritual triumph. Similarly, his music "takes at times the majestic flight of an eagle, and then creeps in rocky pathways," as an 1810 review in the Parisian Tablettes de Polymnie reported. "He first fills the soul with sweet melancholy, and then shatters it by a mass of barbarous chords. He seems to harbor together doves and crocodiles."
  • Beethoven was black?

    11/28/2008 7:36:05 PM PST · by mainestategop · 151 replies · 5,345+ views
    Beethoven: Revealing His True Identity   In the 15th and 16th century, written history underwent a massive campaign of misinformation and deception. With the European slave trade in full swing, Afrikans were transported to various parts of the world and were stripped of every aspect of their humanity, and in most of western civilization, were no longer considered human. This triggered a wholesale interpretation of history that methodically excluded Afrikans from any respectful mention, other than a legacy of slavery. This can result in being taught, or socialized, from one perspective. In this instance, historical information tends to flow strictly...
  • Western Civilization isn't endangered - put first gear in!

    08/03/2008 9:30:59 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 25 replies · 174+ views
    08/03/2008 | WesternCulture
    The building of true civilization has always been exposed to various difficulties. But in the end, periods of unemployment, war and political turboil is nothing but small potatoes. Personally speaking, I'll turn 39 years old soon and one of the things that make me get out of bed and drive off to work each morning - a part from the luxury of driving a wonderful Volvo V70 to the place - is the magnificence of toiling in the company of certain younger Swedish work mates who I daily encounter there; people in their 20s who believe in hard work and...
  • Beethoven's Doctor Accidentally Poisoned Him, Pathologist Claims

    08/29/2007 6:53:44 AM PDT · by stm · 12 replies · 244+ views
    Fox News ^ | 29 Aug 07 | AP
    VIENNA, Austria — Did someone kill Beethoven? A Viennese pathologist claims the composer's physician did — inadvertently overdosing him with lead in a case of a cure that went wrong. Other researchers are not convinced, but there is no controversy about one fact: The master had been a very sick man years before his death in 1827. Previous research determined that Beethoven had suffered from lead poisoning, first detecting toxic levels of the metal in his hair and then, two years ago, in bone fragments. Those findings strengthened the belief that lead poisoning may have contributed — and ultimately led...
  • Expert: Beethoven inadvertently poisoned by doctor

    08/28/2007 4:27:40 PM PDT · by RDTF · 10 replies · 519+ views
    Cnn.com ^ | August 28, 2007 | AP
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Did someone kill Beethoven? A Viennese pathologist claims the composer's physician did -- inadvertently overdosing him with lead in a case of a cure that went wrong. Other researchers are not convinced, but there is no controversy about one fact: The master had been a very sick man years before his death in 1827. Previous research determined that Beethoven had suffered from lead poisoning, first detecting toxic levels of the metal in his hair and then, two years ago, in bone fragments. Those findings strengthened the belief that lead poisoning may have contributed -- and ultimately...
  • DVDs bring together 2 masters

    03/22/2007 11:30:38 AM PDT · by Borges · 12 replies · 306+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/22/07 | John von Rhein
    Beethoven's piano sonatas have been integral to Daniel Barenboim's life in music since he was a kid in knee britches. He began studying them under his first teacher, his father, when he was around 7. Ten years later, he performed all 32 sonatas from memory in public concerts in Tel Aviv. He has repeated the cycle numerous times around the world, including New York, his native Buenos Aires and, most recently, Berlin, where he presented "the 32" in a marathon series of eight recitals in June-July 2005 at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, of which he serves as music director....
  • Juilliard given rare manuscripts

    03/01/2006 5:57:30 AM PST · by Renderofveils · 19 replies · 403+ views
    BBC ^ | 01 March 2006
    Original manuscripts by Bach, Mozart and Brahms form part of a 139-item collection of sheet music donated to the Juilliard School in New York. The artefacts - donated by collector Bruce Kovner, chairman of the music acedemy's board - will be housed in a reading room from September 2009. Highlights include working manuscripts of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 9. School president Joseph Polisi said it was "by its very definition priceless". A lifelong music lover, Kovner began collecting manuscripts more than 10 years ago when he noticed a flow of rare artefacts coming onto the...
  • Hearing Beethoven in Tehran

    12/24/2005 5:27:37 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 638+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | December 21, 2005 | Lee Harris
    The President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decided to ban all Western music from his nation’s state radio and TV stations. The website of the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, of which Ahmadinejad is the head, explained that “blocking indecent and Western music from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is required.” Ahmadinejad isn’t just banning Eminem, Fifty Cent, and Arnold Schönberg’s Moses und Aron, which might be reasonable; nor banning the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Weber, which would be positively commendable. No, Ahmadinejad is banning Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (obviously); Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde; the wonderful songs of Harold...
  • Lead Did in Beethoven?

    12/16/2005 8:49:53 AM PST · by ZGuy · 23 replies · 719+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 15, 2005 | Steven Milloy
    Beethoven’s death made headlines last week when researchers supposedly “confirmed” that Beethoven died from lead poisoning. Now, I don’t doubt that the researchers found “elevated” levels of lead in Beethoven’s skull, but that’s a long way from concluding that lead caused or contributed to his death. First, the researchers stated that their new findings “confirm the earlier work done on [Beethoven’s] hair samples” – which reportedly had lead concentrations on the order of 60 parts per million. But there are significant problems with the researchers’ reliance on the hair lead measurements. Hair lead levels in the U.S. have been measured...
  • Lead poisoning made Beethoven grumpy

    12/07/2005 4:05:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 2,678+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 7, 2005 | JIM RITTER
    Science Reporter Sophisticated new tests confirm that Ludwig van Beethoven suffered severe lead poisoning, which could explain his cranky personality. But lead poisoning probably is not the reason why the great composer lost his hearing, researchers announced Tuesday. In 2000, tests of Beethoven's hair at southwest suburban Argonne National Laboratory showed he had lead concentrations roughly 100 times higher than levels found in healthy adults today. But hair analysis is not scientifically conclusive. Moreover, skeptics said, hair samples used in the test could have been contaminated by, for example, hair powder, dirt or grease. But a new test at Argonne,...
  • Beethoven Died From Lead Poisoning

    12/07/2005 3:22:00 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 1,786+ views
    ABC Science News ^ | 12-7-2005
    Beethoven died from lead poisoning Agençe France-Presse Wednesday, 7 December 2005 Lead poisoning may even have caused Ludwig van Beethoven's deafness (portrait in oil by JK Stieler) (Image: US DOE) Tests on the hair and skull fragments of Ludwig van Beethoven show the legendary 19th century German composer died from lead poisoning, scientists say. Bone fragments from Beethoven's skull had high concentrations of lead, matching an earlier finding of lead in his hair, say researchers at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. "The finding of elevated lead in Beethoven's skull, along with DNA results indicating authenticity...
  • Beethoven score sells for £1.1m

    12/02/2005 6:25:37 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 16 replies · 450+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/1/05
    Beethoven score sells for £1.1m Grosse Fuge dates from the year before Beethoven died. An 80-page handwritten script by Beethoven, which was missing for 115 years, has sold for £1.1m at auction. An anonymous buyer purchased the score of Grosse Fuge in B flat, which features the composer's changes. London auctioneers Sotheby's had expected the manuscript to fetch up to £1.5m but a spokeswoman said it had still achieved "an excellent price". It had not been seen in public since an auction in 1890, before it was found by a librarian at a US religious school. The buyer at the...
  • Lead poisoning could explain dour Beethoven: study

    11/17/2005 8:00:33 PM PST · by ZGuy · 31 replies · 760+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/17/05 | Matt Brown
    An analysis of skull fragments from German composer Ludwig van Beethoven confirms he suffered from lead poisoning for many years, a possible cause for his dour demeanor, researchers said on Thursday. "Beethoven had hoped that some day it would be revealed why he acted the way he did," said Paul Kaufmann, the owner of the skull fragments who loaned them to the Center for Beethoven Studies in San Jose, California. "He was seen as angry and uncooperative at times. This finding helps shed some light on that," he said. "Now we know that this was the reason for his suffering."...
  • Librarian discovers Beethoven score worth more than US$2 million

    10/15/2005 3:32:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 660+ views
    Jamaica Observer ^ | Sunday, October 16, 2005
    WYNNEWOOD, Pennsylvania (AP) - A working manuscript of one of Beethoven's final compositions has been rediscovered in a seminary library and could fetch more than US$2 million (euro1.67 million) at auction. The 80-page manuscript of Beethoven's Gross Fuge for piano duet was created when he was deaf and is filled with editing and notations from the composer's own hand. Never before seen by scholars, it was written a few months before the composer's death in 1827. It was found by a librarian clearing out old archives at the Palmer Theological Seminary and displayed briefly at the seminary last Thursday in...
  • A Historic Discovery, in Beethoven's Own Hand

    10/13/2005 4:11:50 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 143 replies · 2,532+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10-13-05 | DANIEL J. WAKIN
    Shiho Fukada for The New York TimesThe recently discovered manuscript for Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge." Heather Carbo, a matter-of-fact librarian at an evangelical seminary outside Philadelphia, was cleaning out an archival cabinet one hot afternoon in July. It was a dirty and routine job. But there, on the bottom shelf, she stumbled across what may be one of the most important musicological finds in years. It was a working manuscript score for a piano version of Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge," a monument of classical music. And it was in the composer's own hand, according to Sotheby's auction house. The 80-page manuscript...
  • Beethoven Was a Narcissistic Hooligan

    06/16/2005 8:28:05 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 202 replies · 3,053+ views
    Guardian ^ | 6/7/2005 | Dylan Evans
    Beethoven was a narcissistic hooligan The composer was certainly a genius, but he diverted music from elegant universality into tortured self-obsessionDylan Evans Tuesday June 7, 2005 Guardian It's Beethoven week on the BBC. By midnight on Friday Radio 3 will have filled six days of airtime with every single note the composer wrote - every symphony, every quartet, every sonata and lots more besides. This coincides with a series of three films on BBC2 in which the conductor Charles Hazlewood tells us about the composer's life, and three programmes of musical analysis on BBC4. It's good to see classical music...
  • Want A Calm Pooch? Try Beethoven

    06/07/2005 11:41:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 370+ views
    WFMY ^ | 6/2/2005 | Jay Rickerts
    Classical music calms the savage beast.New York, NY -- Walk into most animal shelters in the country, and a chorus of barking dogs will greet you. The yips, yaps, and howls can sometimes reach such a frenzy it's hard to hear the person next to you. But that's not the case at Bide-A-Wee animal shelter in New York. Classical music softly flows through the shelter during the day to quiet and calm the homeless dogs waiting to be adopted. Researchers have long established the positive effect that music has on humans. Now shelter workers, dog trainers, groomers, and boarding kennel...
  • Long-lost Beethoven 'duets' with Burns are music to the ears

    04/07/2005 12:40:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 493+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Thu 7 Apr 2005 | TIM CORNWELL
    FIVE arrangements of Scottish and Irish folk songs by Ludwig van Beethoven, including Highland Harry by Robert Burns, have emerged in a private collection. The rare musical manuscript, in Beethoven’s own hand, dates from 1815, the year of the Battle of Waterloo. Part of a series of tunes commissioned by an Edinburgh publisher, George Thomson, they are now up for auction and expected to sell for about £400,000. Beethoven’s score for Highland Harry - whose chorus Burns picked up "from an old woman in Dunblane" - was described by one expert yesterday as a jaunty piece that used a bass...
  • When Art Becomes God: The Strange Case of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

    02/21/2004 7:54:13 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 116 replies · 2,334+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | 20 Feb 04 | Charles Colson
    How do you write the "political history" of a piece of music? The idea isn't as farfetched as you might think. Music professor Esteban Buch did just that in his book BEETHOVEN'S NINTH: A POLITICAL HISTORY. And it's an intriguing, thought-provoking history. Beethoven's magnificent setting of the ODE TO JOY (the tune to the hymn, "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee") appeals to people everywhere -- and it seems to mean something different to each one. One could argue that people love the symphony simply because of the lyrics that celebrate universal brotherhood, the beauty and emotion of the music, and...
  • Ms.Information

    03/25/2003 10:03:49 AM PST · by WaveThatFlag · 11 replies · 368+ views
    The WAll Street Journal ^ | 3/25/3 | Christina Hoff Sommers
    <p>March is Women's History Month, but hard-line feminists in universities and major women's groups are deciding who counts as a woman. I have been labeled a non-woman. An angry critic once referred to Margaret Thatcher and me as "those two female impersonators." Why? Because in my books and articles I have questioned the basic premise of contemporary American feminism.</p>