Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy Easter!

First off, a big Happy 281st Birthday to Mr. Franz Joseph Haydn, father of the symphony and string quartet, and overall genius. Also, no better way to celebrate the resurrection day than with the resurrection symphony! Of course, Mahler wasn’t … Continue reading

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“Talent” Show?

Last night I took part in the high school ritual known as the “Talent Show.” It was largely against my will; the jazz band was asked to play, so, of course, we had to. I was stuck waiting for the … Continue reading

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Mozart: My thoughts

I’ll admit up front, I’ve always been more a Beethoven guy than a Mozart guy. But as MTT put it “You can’t have Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven as your favorite composers…They simply define what music is!” and ain’t that the … Continue reading

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Beethoven and Shostakovich

(I’m not good with aligning photos) I was looking at the Cleveland Orchestra’s ’13/’14 season which was recently released. In late October they are doing 3 concerts with a Beethoven symphony (3,4 and 5) on the first half of the … Continue reading

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Nielsen: Symphony 3

  The last few weeks, in what little spare time I’ve had, I’ve been on a Nielsen binge, and by that I mean I have listened to every recording of his symphony 3 on youtube. His music is just so … Continue reading

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Who’s Ronald Braunstein?

I stumbled upon this name on Facebook. Being endlessly curious I looked the name Ronald Braunstein up. He turns out to just be some conductor who studied conducting with┬áHerbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Nadia Boulanger and composition … Continue reading

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Quantity and Quality

Is the more merrier? There have been some composers who just bang out pieces like it was nothing, and there have been others who take years with pieces. There have been masterpieces from both types of composers. I just want … Continue reading

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