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  • Benjamin Lees, 86 (classical music composer - RIP)

    06/02/2010 2:05:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Sequenza21/ ^ | June 1, 2010 | Jerry Bowles
    Benjamin Lees died of heart failure on Monday, May 31 at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Glen Cove, New York at the age of 86.
  • Sir Adrian Boult and franksolich discuss music

    02/13/2010 9:42:51 AM PST · by franksolich · 21 replies · 355+ views
    conservativecave ^ | February 11, 2010 | franksolich
    I have no idea the standing of the late Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983, if memory serves me correctly) in the world of music, other than that he was a famous symphony conductor, quite possibly one of the best of the past century. But by the time I met him, in February 1978 in London, he was nearing 90 years old, and had long ago passed the baton on to others. His appearance was a shock to me, because I had not realized how ancient he was at the time; I was seeing a white-haired crooked little man who in no...
  • Classical artists such as Hilary Hahn chart big on Billboard with little sales

    02/03/2010 9:37:42 AM PST · by Borges · 18 replies · 415+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/03/10 | Anne Midgette
    On Jan. 14, the violinist Hilary Hahn scored a rare gig for a classical music performer: She appeared on "The Tonight Show." And not just any "Tonight Show," but the "Tonight Show" during the final days of Conan O'Brien's brief tenure as host. Everybody was watching. So it came as no surprise that Hahn's new album, "Bach: Violin and Voice," debuted that week at No. 1 on the Billboard classical charts. No. 1 on the charts: It doesn't get any better than that. Or does it? The dirty secret of the Billboard classical charts is that album sales figures are...
  • *MUSIC* Mahler Symphony No. 5 Adagietto, Karajan

    01/31/2010 7:48:43 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 29 replies · 416+ views
    YouTube ^ | 1902 | Gustav Mahler
    Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5 Adagietto Part 1 Herbert von Karajan Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed...enjoy!
  • The great master pianist Earl Wild has died

    01/23/2010 8:45:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 723+ views
    ...he passed comfortably in his home in Palm Springs California after a long illness. Cause of death was congestive heart disease...
  • Young Pianist Thrust Into Elite Group

    01/07/2010 5:42:03 AM PST · by sitetest · 7 replies · 605+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 6, 2010 | DANIEL J. WAKIN
    Odd, the pianist Kirill Gerstein thought. A music critic from Houston was coming to interview him in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Gerstein’s manager had arranged the meeting, at the Omni Hotel’s J bar, to coincide with a run of concerts last November. Might as well meet the writer, the pianist thought. Kirill Gerstein, a naturalized American citizen of Russian origin, is the latest recipient of the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award. But instead of a critic waiting at the bar, it was the man from the Gilmore festival. And in his hand was an envelope proclaiming Mr. Gerstein the latest winner of...
  • Listen today: On Dangerous Ground: A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann

    01/03/2010 10:11:03 AM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies · 542+ views
    Sunday, January 3rd at 2 PM Pacific / 3 PM Mountain / 4 PM Central / 5 PM Eastern, Classical KUSC presents a rebroadcast of “On Dangerous Ground: A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann.” This two-hour sound portrait of one of cinema’s greatest composers will be hosted by Jon Burlingame, author, USC professor, and a writer on film music for Variety. The program includes rarely heard interviews with Herrmann himself, and excerpts from his concert music as well as dozens of his great film scores, from Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver. Herrmann’s legendary partnership with Alfred Hitchcock will be showcased with...
  • Why I love soundtracks

    12/14/2009 7:05:28 PM PST · by Perdogg · 78 replies · 1,403+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 12.12.09 | Jon Savage
    Soundtrack albums are the hidden pleasures of pop. Composed and performed to accompany moving images, they're emotional enhancers. This dramatic quality, coupled with the depth of sound-field in full cinema reproduction, ensures that many soundtracks stand apart from their parent films as a listening experience.
  • FREE Music for Christmas from The Vatican, in MP3 format

    12/06/2009 11:58:34 PM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,020+ views
    Benedictus XVIJoseph Ratzinger  Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - The Musical Offering in MP3 The Musical Offering A selection of sacred and classical music in Mp3 played by teachers and students of Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
  • Dudamel tackles Verdi's Requiem (Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic)

    11/07/2009 3:04:12 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies · 925+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 6, 2009 | Mark Swed
    Gustavo Dudamel is back in town, and Thursday night he conducted a magnificently theatrical performance of Verdi’s Requiem that felt like his first real concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. All Los Angeles, of course, knows that last month Dudamel began his tenure with a free event at the Hollywood Bowl, and that was followed by nervous-making high-profile programs in Walt Disney Concert Hall the next week.
  • First Sunday Music - Orff

    10/04/2009 11:31:53 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 13 replies · 1,086+ views
    Carl Orff Orff was born in Munich on July 10, 1895. His family was Bavarian and active in the German military. Orff started studying the piano at age five and also took organ and cello lessons. By the time he was a teenager, Orff was writing songs, although he had not studied harmony or composition. His mother helped him set down his first works in musical notation. Orff wrote his own texts and he learned the art of composing, without a teacher, by studying classical masterworks on his own. In 1911-12, Orff wrote a large work for baritone voice,...
  • Alicia de Larrocha, Pianist, Dies at 86

    09/25/2009 7:44:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies · 865+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 25, 2009 | Allan Kozinn
    Alicia de Larrocha, the diminutive Spanish pianist esteemed for her elegant Mozart performances and regarded as an incomparable interpreter of Albéniz, Granados, Mompou and other Spanish composers, died on Friday evening in a hospital in Barcelona. She was 86.
  • Leon Kirchner, Composer, Dies at 90

    09/18/2009 9:44:47 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies · 383+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 17, 2009 | Anthony Tommasini
    The eminent American composer Leon Kirchner, who was also a pianist, a conductor, and an influential professor at Harvard University, died at his Central Park West apartment in Manhattan on Thursday morning. He had been receiving home hospice care for several weeks, and died of congestive heart failure, said Lisa Kirchner, her daughter. Mr. Kirchner was 90.
  • First Sunday Music - Pachelbel

    09/06/2009 5:28:07 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 21 replies · 1,076+ views
    Johann Pachelbel Johann Pachelbel Johann Pachelbel was born on September 1, 1653 in Nuremburg, which, at the time, was a great center of learning and culture. He studied music with Heinrich Schwemmer and G. C. Wecker, attended lectures at the Auditorium aegidianum and entered the university at Altdorf in 1669, where he also served as organist at the Lorenzkirche. He was forced to leave the university after less than a year due to lack of funds, and became a scholarship student at the Gymnasium poeticum at Regensburg, taking private instruction under Kaspar Prentz. While at Regensburg, he began to...
  • First Sunday Music - Schumann

    08/01/2009 11:05:56 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 18 replies · 822+ views
    Robert Schumann Introduction Robert Schumann was born June 8, 1810, in Zwickau, Saxony, (Germany). He died July 29, 1856, Endenich, near Bonn, Prussia, (Germany). He was a German Romantic composer renowned particularly for his piano music, songs (lieder), and orchestral music. Many of his best-known piano pieces were written for his wife, the pianist Clara Schumann. His Early Years Schumann’s father was a bookseller and publisher. After four years at a private school, the boy entered the Zwickau Gymnasium (high school) in 1820 and remained there for eight years. He began his musical education at the age of six,...
  • More free online Classical music! (site)

    07/19/2009 12:38:47 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 31 replies · 1,079+ views ^ | 7/19/09 | o/~ marty o/~ The index to some 6000 free classical music performances!
  • Classical 96.3 WQXR New York Sold To Univision/WNYC

    07/14/2009 12:48:31 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies · 1,326+ views
    radio insight ^ | 07/14/09 | Radio Insight
    The New York Times Company has announced that it has sold Classical 96.3 WQXR New York for $45 Million as part of a three way deal with Univision and WNYC. The way the deal is structured, Univision will pay $33.5 Million for the 96.3 frequency while WNYC pays $11.5 Million for the 105.9 frequency from Univision and the WQXR intellectual property. Spanish Tropical “La Kalle” WCAA will shift to the stronger 96.3 allocation. 96.3 WQXR is a Class B broadcasting with 6kw at 1362′, while 105.9 is a Class B1 with 610 watts at 1365 feet. The Non-Commercial WNYC operates...
  • First Sunday Music - Rachmaninov

    07/05/2009 8:02:30 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 25 replies · 1,193+ views
    Sergey Rachmaninov Rachmaninoff was born in 1873 in Semyonovo, near Novgorod, in north-western Russia. His parents were both amateur pianists. He began studying piano at an early age and in 1885 entered the Moscow Conservatory. There his piano teachers included the stringent disciplinarian Nikolay Zverov and Rachmaninoff's cousin Aleksandr Siloti, who gave him the heritage of his own teacher, Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt. There also, Rachmaninoff studied with three eminent Russian composers: Anton Arensky, Sergey Taneyev, and his most important musical mentor, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp Minor (1892), for piano and orchestra, and his...
  • First Sunday Music

    06/07/2009 12:43:20 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 12 replies · 449+ views
    Giuseppe Verdi Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (October 10, 1813 - January 27, 1901) was born in Roncole into a family of small landowners and taverners. When he was seven he was helping the local church organist; at 12 he was studying with the organist at the main church in nearby Busseto, whose assistant he became in 1829. In 1832, because he was over the age limit, he was refused placement at the conservatory in Milan and, instead, studied with Vincenzo Lavigna, composer and former La Scala musician, from 1932 to 1835. While in Busseto, Verdi lived with Antonio Barezzi,...
  • First Sunday Music - Berlioz

    05/03/2009 11:04:37 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 14 replies · 667+ views
    Hector Berlioz Louis Hector Berlioz was born in La Côte-Saint-André in the French province of Isère on December 11, 1803. He began studying music at age 12 by writing small compositions and arrangements. His father, a physician, sent him to Paris to study medicine. Berlioz was horrified by the process of dissection, and, despite his father's disapproval, abandoned medicine to pursue a career in music. He studied music from 1823 to 1825 at the Paris Conservatoire under the French composer Jean François Le Sueur and the Czech composer Anton Reicha. When he was twenty-three, Berlioz was overwhelmed with the...
  • Krystian Zimerman's shocking Disney Hall debut

    04/27/2009 12:29:56 PM PDT · by ggrrrrr23456 · 108 replies · 4,471+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | Mark Swed
    Poland's Krystian Zimerman, widely regarded as one of the finest pianists in the world, created a furor Sunday night in his debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall when he announced this would be his last performance in America because of the nation's military policies overseas. Before playing the final work on his recital, Karol Szymanowski’s "Variations on a Polish Folk Theme," Zimerman sat silently at the piano for a moment, almost began to play, but then turned to the audience. In a quiet but angry voice that did not project well, he indicated that he could no longer play in...
  • (vanity) Found some free downloadable classical music (MP3)

    04/10/2009 6:48:29 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 31 replies · 1,624+ views
    Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet ^ | 4/10/09 | marty_f
    Get 'em here: Pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg, Haydn, plus some others I hadn't heard of before. Their server seems a little slow, so be patient.
  • First Sunday Music - Bach

    04/05/2009 12:48:10 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 11 replies · 737+ views
    Johann Sebastian Bach Bach was born on March 21, 1685, in Eisenach, Thüringen, into a family that over seven generations produced at least 53 prominent musicians, from Veit Bach to Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach. Johann Sebastian received his first musical instruction from his father, Johann Ambrosius, a town musician. When his father died, he went to live and study with his elder brother, Johann Christoph, an organist in Ohrdruf. In 1700 Bach began to earn his own living as a chorister at the Church of Saint Michael in Lüneburg. In 1703 he became a violinist in the chamber orchestra...
  • Music for Easter from the Vatican (All Free; in MP3 format)

    04/03/2009 12:29:58 PM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies · 825+ views
    The Vatican ^ | April 3, 2009
     Here are some links to go to if you would like to download some wonderful music for Easter: Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - The Musical Offering in MP3The download links at the page above look like this: Introitus: Resurrexi (Graduale Romanum)Hover your mouse cursor over the underlined / italicized text and right-click, then select 'save target as' from the right-click menu and choose your preferred download location. Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine ChapelThe download links at this page are different, they look like this: IO SONO RISORTO  For these...
  • First Sunday Music - Elgar

    03/01/2009 11:28:25 AM PST · by HoosierHawk · 15 replies · 456+ views
    Edward Elgar Elgar was born June 2, 1857, near Worcester. As a young man he filled several musical posts before succeeding his father as organist at Saint George's Roman Catholic Church, Worcester, in 1885. In 1889 he married and resigned his position to devote himself to composing. Elgar then lived alternately in London and near Worcester. The 1890 performance of his overture Froissart brought Elgar some recognition, but he did not become well known until 1899, when the Hungarian conductor Hans Richter performed Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme in London. That composition, better known as the Enigma Variations...
  • First Sunday Music - Ravel

    02/01/2009 11:58:06 AM PST · by HoosierHawk · 33 replies · 5,059+ views
    Maurice Ravel Born on March 7, 1875, in Ciboure, Basses-Pyrénées, Ravel studied at the Paris Conservatoire from 1899 to 1905, where his most influential teacher was the French composer Gabriel Fauré. Because of the tonal color, harmonies, mood, and extramusical associations of much of his music, Ravel is often associated with the French impressionistic composer Claude Debussy. Unlike Debussy, however, he was strongly attracted to abstract, logical musical structures. His vivid, transparent orchestral colors rank him as one of the modern masters of orchestration. Ravel's impressionistic leanings are foremost in the piano suites Miroirs and Gaspard de la nuit,...
  • Talk about a do-over: the Yo-Yo Ma-Itzhak Perlman string sync

    01/23/2009 7:31:12 PM PST · by Perdogg · 10 replies · 246+ views
    LA Times ^ | 01/2009
    They're calling it the great musical cover-up, news that Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman and the rest of their Inauguration Day ensemble pre-recorded their music for fear that cold temperatures would force their instruments out of tune. The renowned musicians did play live -- but only those closest could hear it, and that probably didn't include President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama or their daughters, Malia and Sasha. The Ticket has to say, they did sound marvelous.
  • First Sunday Music

    01/03/2009 9:59:42 PM PST · by HoosierHawk · 29 replies · 581+ views
    Antonio Vivaldi His Life Vivaldi was born March 4, 1678, in Venice, and was trained by his father, a violinist at Saint Mark's Cathedral. Ordained a priest in 1703, Vivaldi began teaching that year at the Ospedale della Pietà, a conservatory for orphaned girls. He was associated with the Pietà, usually as music director, until 1740, training the students, composing concertos and oratorios for weekly concerts, and meanwhile establishing an international reputation. From 1713 on, Vivaldi was also active as an opera composer and producer in Venice and traveled to Rome, Mantua (Mantova), and elsewhere to oversee performances of...
  • Carl Orff the composer lived monstrous lie: Hid secret about betrayal of friend under Third Reich

    12/21/2008 12:43:29 PM PST · by billorites · 37 replies · 1,321+ views
    Times online ^ | December 19, 2008 | Richard Morrison
    The opening line of Carmina Burana “O Fortuna!” could hardly be more apt. Few composers felt themselves more at the mercy of capricious gods and twists of fate than its composer, Carl Orff. He was never a diehard Nazi; indeed, he looked with disdain on their oafish cultural values. Far from espousing the hounding of “inferior races”, he was fascinated by jazz and by what today we would call world music. Yet he rose to become one of the Third Reich’s top musicians. According to one of his four wives, he “found it impossible to love” and “despised people”. Yet...
  • Olivier Messiaen, born 10 December 1908

    12/10/2008 5:59:07 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 6 replies · 360+ views ^ | 10 December 2008 | WikiPedia
    OLIVIER-EUGENE-PROSPER-CHARLES MESSIAEN (b. Dec. 10, 1908, Avignon, France.d. April 27, 1992, Clichy, near Paris), Olivier Messiaen was the son of Pierre Messiaen, a scholar of English literature, and of the poet Cecile Sauvage. Soon after his birth the family moved to Ambert (the birthplace of Chabrier) where his brother, Alain was born in 1913. Around the time of the outbreak of World War 1, Cecile Sauvage took her two sons to live with her brother in Grenoble where Olivier Messiaen spent his early childhood, began composing at the age of seven, and taught himself to play the piano. On...
  • First Sunday Music - Mozart

    12/07/2008 8:07:36 AM PST · by HoosierHawk · 45 replies · 868+ views
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart His Childhood Born January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, and baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, he was educated by his father, Leopold Mozart, who was concertmaster in the court orchestra of the archbishop of Salzburg and a celebrated violinist, composer, and author. By the age of six Mozart had become an accomplished performer on the clavier, violin, and organ and was highly skilled in sight-reading and improvisation. Five short piano pieces composed by Mozart when he was six years old are still frequently played. Leopold took Wolfgang on the first of many successful concert tours through...
  • Free Music For Christmas From The Vatican (MP3's from the Holy See)

    11/27/2008 10:14:57 PM PST · by Stoat · 28 replies · 1,341+ views
    The Vatican ^ | November 27, 2008
          Here are two links at the Vatican's website that you can go to for downloading free music for Christmas as well as other occasions.  Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine ChapelOn this page, the links to the MP3 files look like this    It will probably be easiest to hover your mouse cursor over the note picture, right-click your mouse and select "save target as" to define where you want the file saved.When the file is finished downloading it will be available to be played on your computer's MP3 player. ...
  • Respected London magazine rates Chicago Symphony No. 5 in the world and tops in the U.S.

    11/23/2008 7:49:08 AM PST · by Borges · 43 replies · 889+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/23/08 | ANDREW PATNER
    What would happen if a leading British-based music magazine ranked the world's leading orchestras and the "winning" U.S. ensemble didn't care? That's basically what's happened when leaders of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra shrugged their collective shoulders over the London monthly the Gramophone saying that it's the top classical outfit in the United States. "I think it is safe to say that we are not advocates or necessarily firm believers in lists of this sort, given the subjective nature of these types of rankings," said CSO President Deborah Rutter, using the sort of language that one usually hears from someone who's...
  • First Sunday Music - Haydn

    11/02/2008 2:30:23 PM PST · by HoosierHawk · 15 replies · 404+ views
    Joseph Haydn His Life Born in Rohrau in 1732, the son of a wheelwright, he was trained as a chorister at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, where he made his early living, before appointment to the small musical establishment of Count Morzin in 1759. In 1760 he entered the service of the Esterházy Princes, and succeeded to the position of Kapellmeister on the death of his predecessor and immediate superior Gregorius Werner in 1766. Much of Haydn's life now centred on the magnificent palace and estate at Esterháza, where his employer Prince Nikolaus Esterházy had moved his entourage for...
  • I'm blacklisted, says opera maestro

    10/19/2008 9:59:52 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 16 replies · 1,318+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 10/19/08 | Vanessa Thorpe
    John Adams, one of the most revered living classical composers, has claimed that he is blacklisted in his native America and is being followed by the security services. The 61-year-old musician has accused the United States of being in the grip of a political and moral panic and has complained that he is now grilled by airport immigration officers whenever he flies home because of his controversial reputation.
  • Judge sentences rap fan to Bach, Beethoven

    10/09/2008 11:44:39 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 44 replies · 1,034+ views
    Man refuses offer to reduce fine in exchange for tuning into classical music URBANA, Ohio - A defendant had a hard time facing the music. Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.
  • First Sunday Music - Anton Bruckner

    10/05/2008 1:19:03 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 28 replies · 480+ views
    Anton Bruckner His Life Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden, Austria in 1824 to a schoolmaster and organist father with whom he first studied music. He worked for a few years as a teacher's assistant, fiddling at village dances at night to supplement his income. He studied at the Augustinian monastery in St. Florian, becoming an organist there in 1851. He continued his studies to the age of 40, under Simon Sechter and Otto Kitzler, the latter introducing him to the music of Richard Wagner, which Bruckner studied extensively from 1863 onwards. Soon after ending his studies, he wrote...
  • Conductor Conductor Vernon Handley has died has died

    09/10/2008 7:24:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies · 214+ views
    Gramophone ^ | September 10, 2008
    Vernon Handley, one of the best-loved and most respected of British conductors, has died. Throughout his life he was a devoted champion of British repertoire, making some of the most intuitive and masterful recordings of works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Holst.
  • First Sunday Music - Celebrating Music in Religion

    09/07/2008 11:44:24 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 11 replies · 303+ views
    Celebrating Music in Religion Some History Several types of Christian chant, which is often called plainsong, developed during the first 1000 years of the Christian era. A repertory called Ambrosian chant developed at Milan, Italy; named after St. Ambrose, it is still used in some Roman Catholic services in Milan. In Spain, until about the 11th century, there was a chant repertory called Mozarabic chant, named after the Mozarab Christians who lived in Arab-dominated Spain during the Middle Ages. Today Mozarabic chant survives in a few Spanish cathedrals. Until the 9th century, France had its own chant repertory, called...
  • First Sunday Music - Brahms

    08/03/2008 2:05:11 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 32 replies · 181+ views
    Johannes Brahms Introduction Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg on May 7, 1833. After studying the violin and cello with his father, a double bass player in the city theater, Brahms mastered the piano and began to compose under the guidance of the German music teacher Eduard Marxsen, whose conservative tastes left a lasting imprint on him. In 1853 Brahms went on a concert tour as accompanist to the Hungarian violinist Eduard Reményi. In the course of the tour he met the Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, who introduced him in turn to the German composer Robert Schumann. Schumann was...
  • First Sunday Music - Celebration Music

    07/06/2008 12:35:45 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 19 replies · 203+ views
    Celebration Music Water Music After a stay in England, George Frideric Handel returned to Germany in 1710 and became court composer for the Elector of Hanover, George Ludwig, who would later become King George I of Great Britain and Ireland. Late in 1712, Handel asked George for permission to return to England and overstayed his visit while receiving a severance from Queen Anne of England, the last of the House of Stuart. After the passing of Queen Anne, Handel composed "Water Music," in an effort to regain the favor of the Elector of Hanover (now King George I), his...
  • First Sunday Music - Mahler

    06/01/2008 11:00:53 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 29 replies · 134+ views
    Gustav Mahler His Life Mahler was born in Kalist (Kalischt, Kaliste), Bohemia. His parents moved to Jihlava, Moravia in the first year of his life, where Mahler spent his childhood. In 1875 he was admitted to the Vienna Conservatoire where he studied piano under Julius Epstein. Subsequently, Mahler attended lectures given by Anton Bruckner at Vienna University. His first major attempt at composition came with Das Klagende Lied which he entered in a competition as an opera (he later turned it into a cantata). However, he was unsuccessful, and turned his attention to conducting. After his first conducting job...
  • Classical music's twentieth-century tragedy

    05/04/2008 6:35:19 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 184 replies · 422+ views ^ | April 30, 2008 | Ian Bostridge
    Alex Ross’s The Rest is Noise tells the story of what happened to Western classical music in the twentieth century. We all know that the invention of recorded sound around 1900 made possible an extraordinary dissemination of the riches of the classical repertoire – largely composed for the rich and powerful – to the mass of ordinary people. On the gramophone, the radio, television and, subliminally and hence more powerfully, through the movies, the classical sound in all its variants (even the supposedly rebarbative confections of the Second Viennese School) has insinuated itself into the culture at large. Never before...
  • First Sunday Music - Puccini

    05/04/2008 4:51:13 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 27 replies · 123+ views
    Giacomo Puccini Giacomo Puccini, (1856-1924), was born in Lucca (Italy), a member of a large family of musicians going back to the early 18th century. His first job, at age 14, was as organist to the two churches of Lucca; but he quickly became more interested in opera (especially Verdi) than church music. He studied at the musical conservatory in Milan (1880-83), and there he came into contact with a group of Milanese artists, called the Scapigliati, who lived the Bohemian lifestyle. This group included the great librettist Arrigo Boito (himself a composer whose opera Mefistofele is still popular...
  • A first for Saudis: Mozart performed for both genders

    05/04/2008 1:39:26 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 3 replies · 67+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3 May | DONNA ABU-NASR,
    It's probably as revolutionary and groundbreaking as Mozart gets these days. A German-based quartet staged Saudi Arabia's first-ever performance of European classical music in a public venue before a mixed gender audience. The concert, held at a government-run cultural center, broke many taboos in a country where public music is banned and the sexes are segregated even in lines at fast food outlets.
  • A first for Saudis: Mozart performed publicly and women come

    05/03/2008 12:26:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies · 105+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2008 | DONNA ABU-NASR
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - It's probably as revolutionary and groundbreaking as Mozart gets these days. A German-based quartet staged Saudi Arabia's first-ever performance of European classical music in a public venue before a mixed gender audience. The concert, held at a government-run cultural center, broke many taboos in a country where public music is banned and the sexes are segregated even in lines at fast food outlets. The Friday night performance could be yet another indication that this strict Muslim kingdom is looking to open up to the rest of the world. A few weeks ago, King Abdullah made an...
  • Amazing finger dexterity [Liszt Ping]

    04/28/2008 10:15:36 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 9 replies · 114+ views
    YouTube ^ | 1950s | Franz Liszt/Pianist G. Cziffra
    Amazing piano pyrotechnics from Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Cziffra. Performance was apparently from the 1950s. The music was one of Franz Liszt's "lighter" pieces...
  • Gilbert and Sullivan tonight on KUSC

    04/25/2008 7:09:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies · 143+ views
    Click, listen, and enjoy.
  • No Fortissimo? Symphony Told to Keep It Down [Inane Regulations Alert]

    04/19/2008 8:51:58 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 28 replies · 101+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 20, 2008 | SARAH LYALL
    LONDON — They had rehearsed the piece only once, but already the musicians at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra were suffering. Their ears were ringing. Heads throbbed. Tests showed that the average noise level in the orchestra during the piece, “State of Siege,” by the composer Dror Feiler, was 97.4 decibels, just below the level of a pneumatic drill and a violation of new European noise-at-work limits. Playing more softly or wearing noise-muffling headphones were rejected as unworkable. So instead of having its world premiere on April 4, the piece was dropped. “I had no choice,” said Trygve Nordwall, the...
  • First Sunday Music - Bach Concertos

    04/06/2008 10:01:51 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 11 replies · 121+ views
    Johann Sebastian Bach EISENACH: 1685-1695 Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, the son of Johann Ambrosius, court trumpeter for the Duke of Eisenach and director of the musicians of the town of Eisenach in Thuringia. For many years, members of the Bach family throughout Thuringia had held positions such as organists, town instrumentalists, or Cantors, and the family name enjoyed a wide reputation for musical talent. The family at Eisenach lived in a reasonably spacious home just above the town center, with rooms for apprentice musicians, and a large grain store. (The pleasant and informative "Bach...