Explore the Score- Bobby Schumann busts out the Klangfarbenmelodie

Klangfarbenmelodie, or “tone colour melody” is one of those 2 dollar words we all learned in undergraduate music history class. Simply described, in Klangfarbenmelodie, a single melodic line jumps from instrument to instrument, creating a more-or-less constantly varied coloration of the melodic line. It’s a word we normally associate with the composers of the New […]

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CD Review- Sunday New York Times on Bobby and Hans vol. 2

A new review for the Orchestra of the Swan’s recording of Hans Gal’s Fourth Symphony and Schumann’s Second from fellow Wisconsin native/cheesehead James R. Oestreich, in the June 3rd edition of the New York Times. Read the whole thing here.  A short sample follows Click here to order from MDT Click here to order from […]

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CD Review- Classical Source on Bobby and Hans vol. 2

A new review for the Orchestra of the Swan’s new recording of Hans Gal’s Fourth Symphony and Schumann’s Second from critic Colin Anderson, editor at Classical Source. Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows Click here to order from MDT Click here to order from Amazon.co.uk Click here to order from Amazon.com   Gal: […]

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Explore the Score- Gal Cello Concerto

“Whilst it may be a long road before the symphonies promoted by Kenneth Woods become regular concert fare (he can’t be everywhere !) the chances for this marvellous cello concerto to become part of “the repertoire” are far better, since soloists play a big part in publicising concertos which they favour…Meneses looks to students to […]

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Explore the score- Gal Symphony no. 4 “Sinfonia Concertante”

(First time using “Explore the score?” Just click on the hyperlinks within the text to hear the musical excerpts.)   “Up to the present, however, Brahms has maintained his place as the “last classical composer,” for no one has yet come to replace him.” Hans Gál- writing in  his biographical study, “Johannes Brahms”   Hans […]

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Explore the score: Schumann- Symphony no. 2

(First time using “Explore the score?” Just click on the hyperlinks within the text to hear the musical excerpts.) “Here is something truly symphonic, a gesture worthy to introduce a great work…” Hans Gál, Schumann Orchestral Music “I sketched it at a time when I was ailing, and I may well state that it was, […]

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Why Bobby and Hans?

As I’m busy preparing to record the second volume in our Orchestra of the Swan series of CDs pairing the Schumann and Gál symphonies, I thought it was high time I addressed some of the nuts and bolts reasons behind the pairing. I’ve talked quite a bit in interviews about the artistic reasons I think […]

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