January, 2013

Composers > Inspiration > “Le Grand Combat” - Witold Lutosławski
by Georg Predota | January 31st, 2013

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Witold Lutosławski

3 Poems by Henri Michaux Although Witold Lutosławski experimented with serial and post-serial techniques, he always found the results rather unsatisfactory. This was particularly true of compositions utilizing the human voice. Awkward intervals and highly complex rhythms demanded a high [...] more >>

Blog > Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – A Most Unfamiliar Masterpiece
by William Cole | January 30th, 2013

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Mass in D major, Op. 123, “Missa Solemnis” (Philharmonic Symphony, Walter) (1948) ‘Is this the greatest piece ever written?’ Such was the question fired at me by Sir Roger Norrington during our correspondence in preparation for the recent performance of [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Approaching the Music Drama - Wagner, Weber and Marschner
by Georg Predota | January 29th, 2013

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Wagner, Weber and Marschner

Richard Wagner consistently downplayed the significance of his musical education. Undoubtedly, he was very keen to cultivate the notion of the untutored genius, just as Ludwig van Beethoven had done. However, as we saw in our last episode, his first [...] more >>