6th Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop

Rose City Chamber Orchestra announces 6th Annual Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop July 5-11, 2010 Concordia University Portland, Oregon Priority Application Deadline- April 21, 2010 Emerging Artists Program An intense professional workshop for conductors in the advanced stages of their studies, entering the field, or already active as professionals Invited participants will have the opportunity […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 5, two changes

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester The Halle and their music director, Sir Mark Elder, will be performing Mahler’s Symphony no. 5 on Thursday, the 4th of March at 7:30 PM in the Bridgewater Hall. Also on the programme is the premiere of Uri Caine’s Scenes from Childhood“ How many scores of Mahler 5 do […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 5, a tempo

    The Scherzo is a damnable movement. It will have a long history of suffering! Conductors will take it too fast for fifty years, and audiences—Oh heavens—what sort of faces will they pull at this chaos…..” (Gustav Mahler, speaking of his 5th Symphony before the 1904 premiere. ) This quote of Mahler’s often appears […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 3, a scherzo on a poem

Hi readers- Peter Davison and I have continued to chat about the meaning of the Rott references in Mahler 3, which were further spurred along my the question of sin raised in my Mahler 4 post. He’s made some more very interesting discoveries, especially about the Scherzo. Rather than burry this in a comment, I […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 3, a lost friend

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Shortly after I posted my most recent Mahler essay, I had a comment from Mahlerian and sometime Vftp contributor, Mitch Friedfeld, who suggested I might have overlooked something- There’s another instance of a Mahler-Brahms shout-out — I like that lingo, Ken! — but one with which Mahler was perhaps […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 3, a shout-out

  On its most basic level, what most musicians, musicologists and listeners call “interpretation” is, when done right, basically a 3 step process. 1-       Observation. What is there in the score? 2-       Examination. Why is it there? 3-       Application. What do we do with knowledge we’ve gained in the first two steps? What do you […]

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