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'Tis indeed the season. I really wanted to do a diary on Ralph Vaughan Williams's underperformed Christmas oratorio Hodie but it turns out that had already been done . So I figured the next best ...
by Dave in Northridge
Comment Count 42 comments on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM PST with 46 Recommends
What do limericks and music have in common? No, that's not a joke with a punchline. I suppose this is, though: /There once was a man from Nantucket Took a pig in a thicket to ****** The pig ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 22 comments on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM PST with 14 Recommends
I'm going to be sneaky today. This diary isn't REALLY going to be about Albinoni. But enjoy the Albinoni anyway. And read where I'm going with this below. Adagio by Albinoni, arranged for solo ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 49 comments on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:07 PM PST with 30 Recommends
This started out to be a diary about Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet #12, "The American Quartet," but it became too content heavy, so I'm going to leave it like this, as a prelude to next week, and ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 24 comments on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:48 PM PDT with 23 Recommends
"Oh wow," you may be thinking. "Mozart Symphony #37? Wait a minute! I bought an expensive collection of the complete Mozart Symphonies on Ebay and it doesn't include the Mozart #37! I was screwed!
by Dumbo
Comment Count 30 comments on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM PDT with 25 Recommends
Alice Herz-Sommer. 108 years old. Survivor of Terezin Concentration Camp. Concert Pianist. A treasure. Here she is, at the young age of 106, playing the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata on what I ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 26 comments on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM PDT with 39 Recommends
Harold in Italy was a natural choice for my first diary in this series because every time the format in which we listen to stuff changes, the first piece I buy in the new format or for the new piece ...
by Dave in Northridge
Comment Count 28 comments on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM PDT with 27 Recommends
The last time we met Hector Berlioz in this series, he was an impetuous obsessed composer in the process of creating his own musical language to explain his obsession to the musical world. It worked.
by Dave in Northridge
Comment Count 16 comments on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 04:56 PM PDT with 13 Recommends
Frank Zappa was a rock musician... AND a classical composer. He was also somewhere in-between a lot of the time. Funny. Researching Zappa for this diary, his name kept popping up in lists of ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 136 comments on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM PDT with 68 Recommends
Below is "The Apocalyptic Symphony" composed in 1945 by Karl Weigl, an Austrian-Jewish composer who fled the Third Reich to the US. He dedicated this symphony, with what I think we can assume was ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 32 comments on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM PDT with 19 Recommends
I'm going to postpone the Dvorak American Quartet until next week when I can do a proper job. But fear not: We'll have some fun with whatever I can slap together quickly. I've been composing. No, ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 18 comments on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:17 PM PDT with 13 Recommends
I'd like to thank Dumbo for giving me another opportunity to fill in as a guest blogger in the Thursday Classical Music series. After the events of last week, I felt that it was time to offer up a ...
by lone1c
Comment Count 46 comments on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 09:59 PM PDT with 38 Recommends
Today is all about Bohemia. It was going to be about Smetana, but I changed my mind at the last minute, as you'll see as it evolves below, beginning it as a paean to the music of Bohemian ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 31 comments on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 09:51 PM PDT with 22 Recommends
Just so we all know who Camille Saint-Saens is, he's the guy who composed this. And you didn't. The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saens. Cello: Mischa Maisky. Introduced ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 47 comments on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM PDT with 32 Recommends
Thanks to Dumbo for the opportunity to discuss this amazing piece with you. I have a friend who insisted he did not like Tschaikowsky. He knew the symphonies and the 1812 Overture and the ...
by ramara
Comment Count 37 comments on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM PDT with 19 Recommends
If, like me, you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you grew up with Brahms.
by Dumbo
Comment Count 29 comments on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM PDT with 25 Recommends
/Jascha Horenstein/ Today's diary is as much about the conductor Jascha Horenstein as it is about Brahms. Back in the 1920s, he was one of the most talented conductors in Germany. Then in 1933, ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 23 comments on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
Our appetizer today: Death and the Maiden. For the Mahler fans... ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 29 comments on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 09:22 PM PDT with 17 Recommends
/Barry Lyndon(1975). Ryan O'Neill and Marisa Berenson. Directed ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 61 comments on Thu May 31, 2012 at 09:05 PM PDT with 30 Recommends
The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazofsky I used to have fun searching for the right artwork for my diaries, especially with the Romantic pieces. For today's work, the Schubert String Quartet #15, I ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 34 comments on Thu May 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM PDT with 27 Recommends