Is disappointment the jet fuel of creativity?
This little bit of interview conversation by Cate Blanchett contains what I think could possibly be the kernel of the whole artistic impulse.
Classical 101 | The Difference Between Chamber, Philharmonic, And Symphony Orchestra
Ever wonder what the difference between a philharmonic and a symphony orchestra is? How about a chamber orchestra? Your questions answered.
The Final Frontier - The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek
The words “Space: the final frontier”, and the opening notes of Star Trek’s theme song written by Alexander Courage in 1964, have become ingrained in the imaginations of all of us.
Introducing: Strauss's Metamorphosen -- and does it have to mean anything?
So it’s high time to up the Strauss quotient by having a listen to Metamorphosen, one of his masterpieces. The 25-minute piece is written out for 23 separate string parts: 10 violins, five violas and cellos and three double-basses. It is in three parts (slow, fast, slow), but they are seamless.
Issues: How do you describe music to people who may have no idea what you're talking about?
I had a shock of recognition as I read British music critic Jessica Duchen’s post today on U.K. site CultureKicks
on the difficulties of writing or speaking about music if your audience doesn’t know the basics.
Classical Music 101: The birth and evolution of a strange beast that is the European orchestra
The evolution of the orchestra is not a quick or simple story: It took American music history scholars John Spitzer and Neal Zaslaw 15 years to research, write and rewrite The Birth of the Orchestra: History of an Institution, 1650-1815 (Oxofrd University Press, 2004). but I thought it would be fascinating to scape together a quick evolutionary sketch.
Introducing: Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 4 is pure classical form, goosed by strange key choices
By John Terauds on September 16, 2012
We hear Franz Schubert’s string quartets, piano trios, solo piano works and Lieder frequently. But his symphonies don’t get performed as much on this side of the Atlantic.
Classical Music 101: The voice and the violin as inspirations for the pianist's fingers
To paraphrase John Donne, no pianist is an island. Using one of the more versatile of Western instruments, this musician sits in front of a wide range of tonal possibilities — and also faces a bewildering array of choices that are not always about the piano itself.
Toronto Mahler Society celebrates 10th anniversary of spreading Mahleria
Dr Patrick P.L. Lam, a member of the Toronto Mahler Society, offers an invitation to join the organization’s 10th anniversary celebration on May 8:
Banff Day 1: Old speaks to new as 10 string quartets begin competing this afternoon
Torontonian Tamara Bernstein explains it all in an essay included in the competition programme, where Banff competition director Barry Schiffman recalls the day when he and fellow St Lawrence String Quartet founding violinist Geoff Nuttall listened to a recording of quartets by Joseph Haydn performed on period instruments by Austrians, the Quatuor Mosaïques.