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classicial music blogger and nerd
Interests: Cellist, teacher, chamber musician, trying to string two words together
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Photo above of the Amar Quartet on tour in Amsterdam 1924, meeting with Stravinsky Link to a recording of the Amar Quartet playing Hindemith String Quartet opus 22 (1926) As seen with Ravel and the Galimir Quartet, the Amar Quartet's recording of Hindemith helps the listener to get a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Soundhound
Two sides of Sibelius, probably not a good idea to pick a fight with him... I recently had to play and introduce the only original work Sibelius ever wrote for cello and piano "Malinconia" or "Melancoly", a piece he wrote in just three hours, in distressing circumstances. His wife and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Soundhound
Illustration of The Magic Theatre of memory created by philosopher and magus Giulio Camillo Delmini Commenting on how the printed page contributed to the demise of ancient memory techniques: "Perhaps the arrival of the printed book in the scholar’s library heralds the demise of classical mnemonics. Perhaps the beginning of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Soundhound
Heinrich von Kleist - On the Marionette Theatre I recently had a conversation with a viola professor ( no jokes please) which ranged over many topics but one of them was about a short philosophical text called" On the Marionette Theatre" by the German writer Heinrich Von Kleist. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Soundhound
Composer's living testaments Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Soundhound
Posted May 25, 2015 at Soundhound
Listening to poems in any language as music Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Soundhound
The Kolisch String Quartet in one of it's many incarnations. The Kolisch Quartet existed from 1921-44, Rudolf Kolisch in the picture (far right , playing violin left handed) was the first violin for the quartet's entire existence It is very difficult to make a short blog post about these two... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Soundhound
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May 8, 2015
This famous quote has disputed origins, (see maybe in the end it is not so important where it actually came from. More important is that the person had a point ! Sometimes when you try and express the effect certain music has on you, it would be more effective... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Soundhound
“Really not the way to proper way to play Schumann” It is strange for me the way that playing Schumann can draw all sorts of extraordinary reactions from audience and fellow musicians alike. He is a personal hero of mine and I find his music enigmatic and inspirational. In pieces... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Soundhound
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