Haydn’s Music- Bathed in Fire and Blood

(Disclaimer- I’ve broken my no-swearing rule in this post. Apologies for any offense. I think Haydn’s music merits a bit of good profanity) Long-time Vftp readers will know that I’m quite the Haydn aficionado. Last Saturday, I broke a long, heart-wrenching dry spell since my last performance of a Haydn symphony with a very satisfying […]

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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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Discovering the possible

Hi everyone I’m sorry that I’ve been away from blogging of late- I’ve just been too insanely busy to cope. I’m having a very rewarding summer with some really fun projects, but I’m just barely keeping up with the essentials and managing to make it to my flights on time. Of course, there have been […]

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Controversy over Haydn and magic with Schumann

I’m just back from the first rehearsal for our upcoming SMP concert. As regular readers will remember, we concluded our last concert with a performance of Mozart’s last symphony, which is a work I absolutely adore with all my heart. It is a piece whose title alone conjures up the very notion of a monument of […]

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