Honegger
Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher
(Joan of Arc at the Stake), oratorio

Nelly Borgeaud, Zdenek Jankovsky
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Sergio Baudo (1966)

Made it all the way through this one last night, and I must say it rearranged my brain a bit. The introduction of Porcus is nothing short of hysterical (though the effect is diminished without all the prior material).

30 September 2014 ·

And now, for your dictation final project…

29 September 2014 ·

"The music in wedding processionals always reminds me of the music of soldiers going to battle."

~ Heinrich Heine

28 September 2014 ·

smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Silver Rock Lagoon
Photo by Pham Ty (Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam); Hue, Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam

smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Silver Rock Lagoon

Photo by Pham Ty (Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam); Hue, Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam

28 September 2014 ·

From How to Sing: a complete treatise on singing with practical illustrations and diagrams, W. H. Griffiths, 1900

From How to Sing: a complete treatise on singing with practical illustrations and diagrams, W. H. Griffiths, 1900

27 September 2014 ·

Prokofiev
Toccata, Op 11

Abdel Rahman El Bacha

26 September 2014 ·

Handel
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
Venere bella

Natalie Dessay
Le Concert d’Astrée

26 September 2014 ·

"

Today we are facing a fascinating time in which everything is questioned. Some of you will find answers to these questions with a language of your own that is not to be discussed, approved, or rejected. That exists.

Some will find ways to make themselves understood. Some simply make themselves understood, while others only try to make themselves understood. There are others who don’t have much to say, but just try to say something. That has always been the case.

In earlier periods, the style was so fixed that it yielded music which was as useless as it was intelligible — whereas in times of discovery, when the language is handled by the incompetent, the result is nothing — pure vagary and uncertainty.

So when you compose, it’s better that you make mistakes when you must but remain natural and free, rather than wishing that you were other than what you are.

I remember a day when Stravinsky was here. He took his neighbor at the table violently by the lapels. His neighbor, crushed, said to him, “Monsieur Stravinsky, I don’t understand why we’re going on like this. I agree with you!” Stravinsky passionately replied, “Yes, but not for the right reasons, so you are wrong!”

One can have good or bad reasons for exploring. If you explore in order to hide inadequacies, you are wrong. But if you want to say what you truly are, you owe it to yourselves to explore.

That’s why it’s very important for a teacher first of all to let the student play as he wishes, to write as he wishes, but also to be relentless on questions of discipline.

"

~ Nadia Boulanger

26 September 2014 ·

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chipclayton:

my favorite thing about the us is, if you want real food, like soda made with real sugar and actual espresso coffee, you go to the hispanic/ethnic food aisle

25 September 2014 ·

Lili Boulanger
Soir sur la plaine
(Evening on the plains)

Megan Workman, Adam Faruqi, Nolan Frank
USC Chamber Singers
Jo-Michael Scheibe

"Over there, to the west, the sky is all arrayed in gold…"

24 September 2014 ·

Mozart
Fugue in C minor for two pianos, K. 426

(performers unknown)

Mozart’s fugue for two pianos, K. 426, was five years later arranged for strings and appended to an adagio to stand as the Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546. Mozart was already in the habit of transcribing Bach’s fugues for string ensembles in which he sometimes played himself. Not much is known about the performance history of his neo-Baroque music, but the development of contrapuntal nuance in Mozart’s general output from the mid 1780s until his death is quite palpable. 

24 September 2014 ·

viridescences:

Physical Music - Hypothetical resonance piano. What if a piano keyboard were to be constructed out of materials with relative resonances, could we use it to compose everyday products that were acoustically rewarding rather than just noisy ?

viridescences:

Physical Music - Hypothetical resonance piano. What if a piano keyboard were to be constructed out of materials with relative resonances, could we use it to compose everyday products that were acoustically rewarding rather than just noisy ?

(via marimbamixolydia)

21 September 2014 ·

Holst
First Suite for Military Band in E-flat, Op. 28 Nº 1
I. Chaconne
II. Intermezzo
III. March

Tokyo Kosei Wind Orch.
Tatsuya Shimono

20 September 2014 ·

Lili Boulanger
D’un soir triste (1918)

BBC Philharmonic
Yan Pascal Tortelier

What a masterpiece…penned by a French woman only 24 years young, with most of the material originating in earlier years. Tragically, she died shortly after completing it.

20 September 2014 ·

1,280 plays

Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492
Overture

Cappella Istropolitana
Barry Wordsworth

20 September 2014 ·

Curtis Lindsay
Pianist, composer,
expert in nonsense.



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