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Orphée et Eurydice – bridging modern, classical and antique

August 30, 2013

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Orphée et Eurydice – composed by Christoph Willibald von Gluck, rearranged by Hector Berlioz, libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi I watched the production performed by Vesselina Kasarova, Rosemary Joshua, Deborah York, the Bavarian State Opera Chorus and the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Ivor Bolton This production bravely takes up the challenge of bringing to […]

Haydn – Symphony No. 94 “Surprise” – brief notes for Lilla, my daughter of 7 years

August 15, 2013

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Dear Lilla,   You recently learned to play a tune on the piano, which is part of this symphony, and you enjoy so much surprising your audience with the little joke built into it. This music was composed by a great composer called Joseph Haydn, who, just like you, very much enjoyed to share funny […]

Sonata form – Beethoven’s first symphony in C major, Op. 21

August 5, 2013

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In this listening exercise I ventured to understand in more detail the inner workings of a symphonic movement in sonata form. Sonata form denotes the large scale structure of a movement of concert music widely used since the classical period mostly in symphonies, chamber and solo instrumental music. The first movement of a symphony is […]

Part three – Music of the nineteenth century – reflective account

August 5, 2013

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The nineteenth century was an era that introduced the cult of the extraordinary in arts. Getting bored of the neat, symmetrical, formal gardens of their royal and clerical masters, artists liberated themselves through the power of self-expression, leaping right to the top of the highest mountains and into the wildest forests, embracing the deepest mysteries. […]

The piano in the nineteenth century – part three, assignment

August 5, 2013

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The role of the piano in the 19th century musical scene The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion in the development of musical instruments. The taste of the audience evolved together with an increase in the level of sophistication and novelty of music produced by artists like Beethoven, Liszt or Chopin who were stretching the capability […]