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Listening to instruments in the orchestra – Percussion

March 27, 2012

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Edgard Varèse – Ionisation Ionisation is a composition for an ensemble playing exclusively percussion instruments. It involves a great number of instruments with different tone colour, playing various rhythms combined without any obvious structure. It was written in the early thirties of the twentieth century, and it seems to me that the composer was inspired […]

Listening to instruments of the orchestra – Strings

March 19, 2012

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Shostakovich – string quartets In the last few days I have been listening to Shostakovich’s string quartets. It has been a truly gripping experience, a feeling of intimate closeness with the composer, much like a journey side by side with his person struggling with contrasting emotions. The string quartets tell us what words would not […]

My definition of music

March 13, 2012

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Technically speaking, I suppose music is a form of enactment, expression of the internal dynamics of the mind, by generating sounds in the environment. The sonic qualities (pitch, timbre, texture) and timely proportions (rhythm) of the sounds are defining characteristics of music. The sounds are linked together in one way or another, so they are […]

Listening to the instruments in the orchestra – brass

March 8, 2012

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Leos Janacek – Sinfonietta Leos Janacek’s sinfonietta is one of the great Czech composers late works, inspired by patriotic pride, the sound of brass ensembles and folk music. The composition seems to be based on conflicting elements of civil freedom and military discipline. First movement – Allegretto – is featuring only brass and percussion and […]

Listening to instruments in the orchestra – woodwind

March 3, 2012

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Mozart – Serenade No 10 in B flat K361 Gran Partita First movement – starts with a slow introduction and continues with a more vigorous dance rhythm dominated by clarinet and oboe solos of extraordinary elegance Second movement – continues with dance rhythm, the instruments playing together in a well-balanced fashion – playful and joyous […]