Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop- 2009 Faculty

This Thursday, April 30th is the priority application deadline for the 2009 Rose City International Conductors Workshop, July 20-26th in Portland, Oregon. Applications may still be considered on a space available basis after this date, but for full, guaranteed consideration, conductors are strongly encouraged to apply this week. Full application details are on the workshop […]

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Style and Range

I’m having an early Beethoven year so far- two runs of Beethoven 1 with the SMP last month, now Beethoven 2 in Pendleton, with the 4th to follow in a few weeks at the Helix Ensemble. There hasn’t been a whole lot of time to revisit recordings of these pieces- I’ve mostly been working at […]

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What language we sangin’ in, anyway?

Monday night I saw our Chorale and the members of the Mid-Columbia Master Singers in Richland, Washington. Our first challenge was getting used to a venue nobody had sung in before- the Master Singers’ usual venue was not open. I was a little nervous about having only one rehearsal with the singers before the orchestra […]

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Battle of the Beethoven Urtexts

I attracted a few titters (as opposed to twitters) on Facebook the other day, when my status admitted I was in the process of comparing Urtext editions of Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony by Jonathan Del Mar (published by Barenreiter) and Clive Brown (published by Breitkopf and Hartel). I still come across interviews with leading Beethoven conductors […]

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Irony Awareness Week

Distinguished author Roderick Swanston introduces his piece in the current BBC Music Magazine as follows- “Writing about music is beset by mistakes. “Distinguished” writers peddle false facts which get repeated and spread. So it gave me pleasure to set the record straight on some common errors. My advice: don’t trust anything until you’ve checked it […]

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Boulez on Mahler

There is a transcendence. It isn’t enough to simply have difficulties with life itself – one has to be able to convey this in music too! A Mahler symphony is about more than emotion, it is also about structure. In a long movement such as, for example, the last movement of the Sixth Symphony, it […]

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Who wrote the Mozart Requiem?

Hear it live with the English Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square, 24 April, 2105. Booking information here  I once conducted the Mozart Requiem in 2002 with the Grande Ronde Symphony, when I was teaching at Eastern Oregon University. In parallel with that concert, I taught a seminar class on the piece, which remains […]

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