August, 2014

In Tune > Society > Auguste Mustel: Celesta - The silvery sounds of Heaven
by Georg Predota | August 31st, 2014

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The silvery sounds of Heaven

If you listen to Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from the Nutcracker, you are acutely aware of a silvery, ethereal and otherworldly sound coming from the orchestra. That sound, similar to that of the glockenspiel—a percussion instrument composed [...] more >>

Blog > My Three Stand Partners - Aide-de-Camp Marriages pt 1
by Janet Horvath | August 31st, 2014

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Aide-de-Camp Marriages pt 1

The time you spend with a stand partner in an orchestra frequently exceeds the time you spend with your spouse. I had three long-term stand partners all vastly different in approaches. My first stand partner was the veteran and irascible [...] more >>

Blog > Marc Blitzstein - A Forgotten Father of American Song
by Oliver Pashley | August 30th, 2014

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A Forgotten Father of American Song

It’s hard to imagine someone who called the music of Kurt Weill (the composer of ‘Mack the Knife’) ‘drivel’ eventually writing musicals and popular songs himself. Yet for Marc Blitzstein, this huge shift in aesthetic was just the start – [...] more >>

Composers > Love > Cousin Marriage - Giacomo Meyerbeer and Minna Mosson
by Georg Predota | August 30th, 2014

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Giacomo Meyerbeer and Minna Mosson

The fictional HBO series Game of Thrones, already in its fourth season and slated to run for at least another 2 years has once again garnered a number of impressive awards and accolades. Loosely based on the novel A Song [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > From Screen to Stage - Erich Korngold : - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 -
by Maureen Buja | August 29th, 2014

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Erich Korngold : Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

Erich Korngold (1897-1957) was a modern composer with a Romantic touch. He is considered, along with Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind) and Alfred Newman (Wuthering Heights / How the West was Won) as one of the “godfathers of film [...] more >>