Tag Archives: Berlioz

Berlioz: Tristia

I may have already mentioned my love for Berlioz. If I haven’t, I love Berlioz, a lot. I really don’t think he gets the respect he deserves as far as influencing the next generation of composers. Huge orchestra’s: Berlioz did … Continue reading

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History of the Wind Band

The Wind Band (aka Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony or a whole lot of other names) is a relatively young group compared to other performing groups, but its roots go back farther than you might expect. The … Continue reading

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RIP: Bud Herseth and Sir Colin Davis

Social media isn’t that bad. If it wasn’t for Facebook I wouldn’t have found out that two amazing musicians had died. Yesterday legendary trumpeter Adolph “Bud” Herseth died peacefully at age 91. Bud played principal trumpet for the Chicago Symphony … 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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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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Berlioz: My Symphony is Fatastic

How awesome would it have been to be at the premiere of Symphonie Fantastique? I mean seriously!? It must’ve been shocking to the audience. It used a bigger orchestra, a wider emotional span, and more insane ending than anything that … Continue reading

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