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Over one hundred years and three regions of Chilean folk song style are summed up in this contemporary musical tour-de-force led by singer, guitarist, and composer Rafael Manríquez (1947–2013) and friends. Guitar and harp-driven country tonadas, Andean cachimbos with charango... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Music Online
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Ella Jenkins wears the title given her by many of her fans, “The First Lady of Children’s Music,” with tremendous energy. Now in her ninth decade, she continues to encourage young children to hop, skip, jump, clap, dance, and be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Music Online
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Composed, incredibly, when Mendelssohn (1809–1847) was just 16, the Octet for Strings, op. 20, is the first of the composer's mature compositions. Written in 1825 for the 23rd birthday of a family friend, Eduard Rietz, the Octet bears the hallmarks... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Music Online
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It's often been said that if modern music had a beginning, it can be found in the opening measures of this symphonic poem. An impression of the Stéphane Mallarmé poem “L'après-midi d'un faune," Debussy completed the Prélude à l'après-midi d'un... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Music Online
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Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was approached by dramatist Henrik Ibsen in 1874 to compose incidental music for a staging of his five-act play Peer Gynt. Although Grieg had been laboring over an opera with Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson since 1873, he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Music Online
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Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, written in the autumn of 1807 through the beginning of 1808, premiered at the Theater an der Wien on a cold December evening in 1808. A lengthy program (the four-hour-long program consisted of premieres of the Fifth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Music Online
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Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) wrote over 500 concertos and his compositional conventions, such as the ritornello form and the three-movement structure, became the standard for concerto writing. Vivaldi wrote forty double concertos, but this is the only concerto scored... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Music Online
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Completed in 1887, this concerto is German composer Johannes Brahms’s (1833–1897) last orchestral work. Brahms wrote this work, referred to as a “double concerto” as it features two soloists rather than one, for violinist Joseph Joachim and Joachim’s quartet-mate, cellist... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Music Online
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Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) completed most of his first symphony in 1888, having begun to sketch as early as the 1870s. The last edition published in Mahler’s lifetime is dated 1906. “The introduction to the first movement sounds of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Music Online
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Ella Jenkins wears the title given her by many of her fans, “The First Lady of Children’s Music,” with tremendous energy. Now in her ninth decade, she continues to encourage young children to hop, skip, jump, clap, dance, and be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Music Online
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Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828) completed his String Quartet No. 14 in March 1824. Along with the A minor “Rosamunde” Quartet No. 13, it was the first chamber music Schubert had composed for three years. The work's nickname stems from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at Music Online
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The liner notes remind us that "from the deep depression of 1932 to the wartime temper of 1944, a single chief executive guided the United States. The qualities of leadership inspired by those troubled times are reflected in the inaugural... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Music Online
If you’ll be in Seattle for ALA Midwinter, please join Alexander Street Press for our customer appreciation breakfast on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7:30am and come see us on the exhibitor floor at booth #2209. In addition to offering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Music Online
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Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) was a French composer. Dating from 1904–1905, each piece in Ravel's Miroirs (Mirrors) for piano is dedicated to a different member of his artistic group, known as "Les Apaches". The first piece, "Noctuelles (Night Moths)," is dedicated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Music Online
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The marimba is a vivid legacy of African presence in Latin America, but only on the Pacific coast of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador does it keep its close connections to a strongly African culture. Hailing from small towns along... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Music Online
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Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer. Tchaikovsky's final ballet, The Nutcracker, was completed in 1892, a year before the composer's suicide. Based on a Christmas story by E.T.A Hoffmann, The Nutcracker was first produced in St. Petersburg on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Music Online
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Pyotr Il′yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was a Finnish composer. The Second Symphony was sketched in 1901 while Sibelius was staying admid the beautiful mountain scenery of Rapallo, Italy. The composer had been on an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Music Online
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Pyotr Il′yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was a Russian composer. Begun in May 1888, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony is one of the composer's most personal compositions. His wonderful gifts for melody, and his depressive tendencies, are much in evidence. Ultimately, the gloom of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Music Online
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In the face of historically unparalleled violence during the 20th century, voices of reason unceasingly advocated for peace by disarmament. Alfred Nobel created the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 to honor such advocacy. In this collection of archival and new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Music Online
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Silken voices, intricate harmonies, and divinely inspired passion mark the quartet singing of the Paschall Brothers, and their classic Virginia Tidewater sound. Founded in 1981 in the footsteps of the renowned Golden Gate Quartet, this multi-generational family carries on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Music Online
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) was an Austrian composer. His Oboe/Flute Concerto K. 314 in C or D major was composed in Salzburg in 1777 or Mannheim in 1778. As might be guessed, there is no definitive version of this delightful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Music Online
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Silken voices, intricate harmonies, and divinely inspired passion mark the quartet singing of the Paschall Brothers, and their classic Virginia Tidewater sound. Founded in 1981 in the footsteps of the renowned Golden Gate Quartet, this multi-generational family carries on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Music Online
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The masterpiece known as the Eroica Symphony was sketched while Beethoven was staying at Oberdobling in 1803. Unlike many of his works, the principal ideas were in place early on in the composition process, and progress was swift. The work... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Music Online
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The masterpiece known as the Eroica Symphony was sketched while Beethoven was staying at Oberdobling in 1803. Unlike many of his works, the principal ideas were in place early on in the composition process, and progress was swift. The work... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Music Online
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Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was a French composer, pianist, and organist. His Requiem, despite being one of his few long-form pieces, remains an exceedingly popular work. This recording is performed by the Chamber Orchestra Bernard Thomas. For more information, and to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Music Online