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Happy Birthday Dmitri Shostakovich!

One hundred and six years ago today, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was born, and a wonderful chapter in the history of music was begun. His music has touched so many people, and is incredibly popular. One of … Continue reading

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Arbitrary Countdowns: Top 10 Most Beautiful Pieces

Beautiful is a word that gets overused way too much in music for me. It gets used to describe almost any slow, generally tonal piece of music, which bothers me, mostly because I think there should be a special realm … Continue reading

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Is Bigger Better: The Gothic Symphony

At the 2011 Proms, a sleeping monster was awakened. It has been performed less than 10 times. It is the longest and largest symphony in existence. It has a large cult following:┬áthe British composer, Havergal Brian’s First Symphony “The Gothic.” … Continue reading

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