Guess Who’s Now Really Famous

Originally posted on Concerto Infinito:

George Szell is rarely seen on video. Only a few of his concerts are preserved on camera, and he was generally less prolific in his recording output than others. Nevertheless, he did allow himself to be featured in a television special while at the helm of The Cleveland Orchestra. In this clip, he coaches three apprentice conductors.

One of them is a star. Can you guess who?

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Modulation: One-Two-Five-One

Originally posted on A Theory of Music:

In the hierarchy of harmonic function, everything begins and ends with the tonic. It takes a certain amount of deliberate intention to set things in motion, namely in deciding how far away that first leap from the tonic will be, but there are decidedly fewer decisions to be made after that. In the previous post and in the introduction to  secondary dominants , I mentioned how everything moves toward and away from the tonic at all times. That’s a pretty foggy assessment, and there are always exceptions, but I think it’s a statement worthy of further discussion. The image below illustrates a I-ii-V7-I progression as it appears in the context of the circle of fifths.

I ii V7 I circle

Looking at the circle of fifths should make it fairly obvious that pitches are not really as close to one another as we’re led to believe, like when we look at the notes on a piano…

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My Bach Pilgrimage – What A Difference …

Originally posted on LietoFineLondon:

Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget Mich (BWV 150)
Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4)
Gott ist mein König (BWV 71)
Lobe Den Herrn, Meine Seele (BWV 143)

A year or so makes. After the emotional intensity of the cantatas written in Mulhausen we have a cantatas written in 1708 that seem to take a huge leap forward.

I have to admit that these cantatas as a whole didn’t grab me as much as those from 1707. Personally they didn’t have the emotional impact or scale – despite larger forces – of the cantatas of the previous year but there is a sense of experimentation.

It’s worth noting that these were the first orchestral works Bach wrote. The concerti that we all love came later and that there remains some debate as to the actual date of some of these early cantatas. Both Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget Mich (BWV 150) and

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New Short Story! Finally….

Originally posted on Nicole Fronda:

(And it’s technically not finished.)

This story has been in development since before spring 2013 finals!  I worked on it periodically during the summer, but I didn’t finish it until a few weeks ago.  And then I still needed to do substantial edits.

Anyone who has recently inquired about my musical interests will know that I enjoy classical music and that I’m horribly obsessed about one particular piece of music : Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  I encourage you to listen to it ( and to do some of your own research on Berlioz and the Symphonie Fantastique.

Basically this piece is about a musician who falls in love with an actress .  Simple enough.  There are many songs like this about this nowadays.  (Oh Hector, you trendsetter!)

Ironically, Berlioz wrote the Symphonie Fantastique to impress a woman.  It worked, and the two later got married.  What…

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Performing In Front of Others & Overcoming Stage Fright – Part One

Originally posted on Classical Guitar n Stuff:

I was having a chat yesterday afternoon, following a very successful performance at the joint Classical Guitar Society of Victoria (CGSV) and Austalian Bach Society Bach Guitar Festival , with some colleagues from the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria Guitar Orchestra about performance and stage fright.

More on that conversation and some of our collective thoughts and experiences on performing in front others later in the week. Today, and to ease you gently into the week, I thought I’d share with you an informative and rather funny wee video I found on TED (a non-profit organisation devoted to sharing knowledge, thoughts, experiences and ideas in technology, entertainment and design) this week.

This particular clip is from November 2013 and features a chap who took up writing and singing folk tunes and soon discovered he was petrified of performing for others. He had a rather interesting way of overcoming his stage fright…

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