Schumann and Bach in the 2nd Symphony

On my desk today is Schumann’s 2nd Symphony. If you had assembled a panel of experts, including every major composer from 1825 to 1899, at the end of the 19th century to pick the most important symphony after Beethoven, Schumann 2 would probably have been the one, beating out all the Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky […]

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Explore the Score: Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 1

Next Performance Russian Strings 13 May, 2015 7:30 PM English String Orchestra Kenneth Woods- principal conductor Elgar Concert Hall,  Birmingham University, B15 2T Shostakovich (arr. Barshai)- Chamber Symphony opus 110a (String Quartet no. 8) Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings Clare Hammond-piano, Simon Desbruslais- trumpet Geoffrey Gordon- Saint Blue for Piano, Trumpet and Strings (World […]

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Program Note- Beethoven (arr. Mahler) String Quartet in F Minor op 95 “Serioso”

The Lancashire Chamber Orchestra will perform Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor “Serioso” this Saturday, March 17 at Christ Church in Lancaster. More concert information here.     Beethoven (arr. Mahler)- String Quartet in F minor, op. 95 “Serioso” We are taught to think of Beethoven as having three basic styles that he went through […]

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Song of the Earth

It’s probably no coincidence that the two most popular composers of the 20th Century, Shostakovich and Mahler, are also the two whose autobiographies are most intimately associated with their work. However, although their musical work may have been shaped in part by the external circumstances of their lives, it is also important to remember that […]

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Kindertotenlieder 1: Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n…

I’d like to start this voyage into Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder first with an extended excerpt from Mitch Friedfeld’s essay, followed by the video of the first song. Then, in the next post, I’ll share some of my reactions to the piece as a performer. The three main sources Mitch is referring to throughout his writing on […]

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