Bridge over centuries – Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

December 26, 2013

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For all the people who daydreamed about traveling back in time the Symphonic metamorphosis would provide one of the best time machines one could get, functioning as a wormhole bridging time and space between ancient China, baroque and romantic Europe, and modern America. In parallel with radical innovations, the twentieth century had seen an increased […]

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The Armed Man – a renaissance and a contemporary mass

December 26, 2013

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In European countries we denominate the art and sciences of the 14th – 17th centuries as ‘Renaissance’, but there is no clear demarcation between the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Modern Era. Renaissance emerges as a distinct entity due to its increase in focus on understanding the workings of the universe and a more […]

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Humanism and Renaissance Music

December 8, 2013

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The word “humanism” first brings in my mind my favourite science fiction writers, Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut, both having been presidents of the American Humanist Association. With a bit of research one can find other radical thinkers such as Petrarch, Niccolò Machiavelli August Comte, Julian Huxley and many others. Humanism in the Renaissance went […]

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Henry Purcell and his emblematic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas

November 25, 2013

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Henry Purcell was one of the most original and widely recognised composers of seventeenth century Baroque, who, despite a short lifespan (between 1659 and 16995) ending at the age of 36, left a great legacy of vocal, instrumental and theatrical music. He was an admirer of Italian music, but his style was bearing the marks […]

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Early music festival at Greenwich, November 2013

November 17, 2013

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Last weekend we visited the Early Music Festival and Exhibition in Greenwich (on 7-9 November), together with my mother and daughter. It was held at the Old Royal Naval College, a palace built by Henry VI in the fifteenth century, which later became the site of the Greenwich Hospital complex until 1873, when the Royal […]

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Reflective account – Part four – The Classical Style

November 13, 2013

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Open College of the Arts, Music 1, Tibor Kovacs, October 2013   The musical formats defined and refined in the Classical period have been serving as gold standard models for the following centuries. The musicians of the eighteenth century seem to have developed very successful recipes for creating art that would please both the senses […]

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Classical influences in the music of the twentieth century: two early examples by Prokofiev and Stravinsky

November 13, 2013

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Open College of the Arts assignment, Music 1, Part Four Tibor Kovacs, October 2013   It is certainly not an overstatement to say that the classical period (from the early eighteenth to the early nineteenth century) produced the most successful musical style in the Western tradition, with a wide popular appeal lasting for centuries, combined […]

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