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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SmArt Art – the fugue

November 12, 2013

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In my previous blog entry about the origins of instrumental music I explored how polyphonic music and the emergence of bass accompaniment led to the development of new genres. Harmonic thinking, based on Pythagorean pitch relationships, with notes organised in chords (played simultaneously based on the harmonic triad – tonic / dominant / median) started […]

Renaissance fUsiOn – early structures of instrumental music – ground bass, theme and variations, passacaglia and chaconne

October 29, 2013

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The origins Instrumental music has gained an increasingly important role since the fourteenth century, after the shift in view brought about by the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman classicism (Renaissance). According to this view Music was regarded as the reflection of the eternal and divine order of the Universe. In the same time, the […]