Monthly Archives: January 2013

Listen to this: Mahler 5, Abbado

I’m not a huge fan of Abbado’s conducting, but I do like his interpretation, overall, of Mahler 5. The first two movements sound the best I’ve ever heard them sound. There are so many subtle things that I was able … Continue reading

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Arbitrary Countdowns: Top 10 Symphonies I.

A symphony is defined as: an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, similar in form to a sonata but written for an orchestra and usually of far grander proportions and more varied elements. Everyone has their favorites, as do I. I’ve decided, as the title would allude to, to make a top 10 symphonies list. I’ve also decided to let it be changeable. I figure, periodically I’ll … Continue reading

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Textures and Joy: Ron Nelson

I’m not terribly sure how I feel about the music of Ron Nelson. I don’t know what to make of him. I want to like it; it has everything I like in music: strong rhythmic drive, rich harmony, power, but … Continue reading

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Bill Shakespeare and music

In addition to my many musical activities, I also do a bit of acting. This spring I’m acting the lead role in Macbeth. This is my third Shakespeare play I’ve done (12th Night and As You Like It being the … Continue reading

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The Art and Science of Composing

The first minute or so of this video sums up how I feel now: I don’t enjoy composing, I enjoy having composed. I’ve been working on an extended work for string quintet for about two months now, and it’s getting … Continue reading

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Listen to this: Shostakovich – Trumpet Concerto?

I really only follow one blogger, and that is Eric Klackner. I think he’s informative and entertaining, and has also helped expose me to some great music. Today he posted a link to a trumpet version of Rhapsody in Blue, … Continue reading

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Listen to this: Karajan Bruckner 8

I’ve been on a bit of a Bruckner 8 kick recently. I’ve had the score for a while now, and since today is the last day of vacation for me, and considering the sheer amount of time it takes to … Continue reading

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