Tag Archives: Bruckner

Franck: Symphony in D minor, or the result of too much time and too many scores

So I’ve moved off to college and I’ve settled down nice and good. What does the really entail? Basically I’m spending most of my time either in music classes, writing music/practicing, or in the score library. I visited the library … Continue reading

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Best Compositional Facial Hair

It’s a horribly awkward title, I know. This is a list I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I dare to answer the question: Which composers had the best beard/mustache? I would like to preempt this discussion with the … Continue reading

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PSO: Mahler 5

Today I got to see my local Portland Symphony Orchestra play Mahler’s 5 Symphony. My mom wanted to go with me, but I made her take me to the pre-concert lecture, and the post-concert Q and A with the conductor. … Continue reading

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In Defense of Bruckner

  I recently became involved in a discussion on Facebook on the quality of the music of Anton Bruckner. Of course everyone was saying, “Mahler’s better. He embraces everything. Mahler has emotion, Bruckner doesn’t.” First off, are these people retarded? … 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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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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Number 9, Number 9

Everyone and their cat knows about the stigma behind a composer’s 9th Symphony. It should be one of the composer’s crowning achievements , long, and really powerful and deep. Of course it started with that guy: Ol’ Ludwig. But really … Continue reading

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