Tag Archives: Classical music

Music teaches us the passing of time

“Music teaches us the passing of time. It teaches the value of a moment by giving that moment value. And it passes. It’s not afraid to go.” ~Anna Kamienska ________________________________________________________________ Image via pixielife.  

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Chopin on Scarlatti: “He sometimes reaches even Mozart.”

“My colleagues, the piano teachers, are dissatisfied that I am teaching Scarlatti to my pupils. But I am surprised that they are so blind. In his music there are exercises in plenty for the fingers and a good deal of … Continue reading

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“You think about the music … how lucky you are to be performing it”

There was an amusing interview with pianist Mitsuko Uchida in The Guardian last month. I happily discovered I share a couple of non-piano passions with her – the Tour de France and sudoku (“It keeps your mind alert but with … Continue reading

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“One note follows another with complete inevitability”

Leonard Bernstein plays through – on piano and with an orchestra – some fragments and sketches that Beethoven rejected when composing his Fifth Symphony. It’s a fascinating look at what might have been. Or might not have been. And it … Continue reading

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Akademie Olympia – Einstein, Solovine, Habicht

A beautiful post about Albert Einstein at musiqdragonfly – a beautiful blog, one of my favourites. Enjoy the music – Einstein playing Mozart’s K.378, second movement.

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An inefficient form of entertainment

Classical music done the traditional way – expensive concerts and recordings – is dying. It has been for decades, really. Symphony orchestras that don’t adapt to a changing audience are suffering. A generation raised on YouTube is not interested in paying … Continue reading

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Glenn Gould. He cannot be ignored.

Like him or not … “His influence is inescapable. No performer after him can avoid the example he set. Now everyone must perform through him: he can be emulated or rejected, but he cannot be ignored.” ~Mark Kingwell       _____________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Pedal to the metal

As an accompanist I was forced to learn a ton of music. Zillions of notes – sometimes overnight. Especially at those summer camps for strings. Students came prepared with things like the Franck Sonata or Ravel’s Tzigane, handing me the … Continue reading

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Brahms was Chilean

Originally posted on Bibliolore:
To honor Brahms’s 180th birthday, let’s recall the article about his birthplace that ignited a musicological firestorm! In “Brahms era chileno” (Pauta: Cuadernos de teoría y crítica musical, no. 63 [July-Sept 1997] pp. 39–44), the Argentine composer…

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Composers refuse to be bound by rules

“Some people will perhaps wonder why I have undertaken to write about music, there being so many works by outstanding men who have treated the subject most thoroughly and learnedly; and more especially, why I should be doing so just … Continue reading

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You are still alive, still human, still open to beauty.

And as the ax bites into the wood, be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of … Continue reading

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Rules. And works of art.

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