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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Press leftovers- Music I couldn’t live without..

A few months back, I was asked by a music writer for an e-interview on “music I couldn’t live without.” I thought it turned out pretty well, but never got published, so here it is…. What are the pieces you couldn’t do without? It depends a lot on how you define “do without.” Some of […]

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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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Find yourself by forgetting your self

Guiding principal- The more selflessly a performer follows the written instructions of the composer, the more personal their performance becomes. The more subjective their approach to what’s on the page, the more generic their performance tends to sound.   This apparent paradox is, one of the most important tenets of my musical belief system. I […]

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