RIP- Freddie Hubbard

I was so sad this morning to learn of the death of Freddie Hubbard from Doug Ramsey at Rifftides, who has an excellent remembrance here.   Hubbard was one of the last of the true giants of jazz history still with us, a man whose career spanned epoch after epoch, and whose virtuosity, bravado and […]

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Concertgebouw freebies….

For those music lovers who’ve not found quite the motherload of new CDs in the post-Christmas sale, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (recently declared the best band on the planet by the Gramophone) are offering the world a nice little holiday present. It’s part of the orchestra’s celebrations of its 120th Anniversary, but you can still call […]

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A new blog…

I do hope you all had a happy Christmas holiday and managed to eat a lot of turkey, drink some lovely wine and listen to a bunch of Bach and Messiaen. I’m shaking off my own turkey coma and will be back up to full blogging speed soon. Meanwhile, I’m happy to point you towards […]

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How many pieces do YOU know?

Daniel Wolf at Renewable Music takes the discussion of current repertoire in an interesting direction, towards the question of “how much music do you, or can you, know well….” Back in my training days as an ethnomusicologist, we were taught some of the basic questions to use with musician informants in the course of field […]

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Repertoire Report- Christoph Eschenbach 2008

Peter from Houston rembers former HSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach fondly for what he calls “many years of transformative and inspiring leadership,” so he’s processed Eschenbach’s 2008 repertoire as it appears on his website here. Thanks Peter! At over 103 pieces (the exact program of his Advent Concert is not listed), it’s quite a list, […]

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Conductor Repertoire Report- Leonard Slatkin, May 08-April 09

We’re going to be continuing our discussion of conductor repertoire in an upcoming post. To that end, we’ll be posting repertoire reports for individual conductors in separate blogs posts. Below is Leonard Slatkin’s repertoire from May 08-April 09 (a sampling chosen for highly structured research-oriented reasons, er, it was what we found most easily on his website). […]

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2008 KW Repertoire Report- Discussion

You can view the 2008 KW Repertoire report here, which lists every piece of music  I’ve performed in the 2008 calendar year. I thought I would take advantage of the painstaking efforts of my research assistant, former Lehman Brothers Executive VP Flurp Van Doogle and make some comparisons between this year and 2007, as well […]

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2008 KW Repertoire Report

Last year’s repertoire report generated a surprising amount of conversation, so we’ve decided to repeat the experiment this year. Knowing how much conductors love being asked back for repeat engagements, I nearly invited the same conducting grad student to process the list, this time at depression-era rates of $.20/hour, but there are others among us who need […]

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