Yes… I am aware. Did you know Bach used teeny tiny paper and/or had huge hands and person? Along with the until-recent absence of works from Josef Haydn, Bach is a composer who has been tragically neglected on the blog, … Continue reading Where’s the Bach?
I’m sure tons of other people have seen and read this article already, but I figured even that post states it doesn’t know the source, so… that means it’s public domain, right? Also, if you haven’t read it, do that … Continue reading "The Truth about Orchestral Players"
I tend to be a bit obsessive about organizing and knowing where everything is. You wouldn’t be able to tell from my desk at home, but I actually (for the most part) know where all that stuff is and what’s … Continue reading How My Classical Music is Organized in iTunes
I want to share a very long quote I was pleased to read the other day about a subject I had been thinking about not too long ago. As the title suggests, it’s from Erst Krenek, regarding his opinion based on his experience of finishing works left incomplete by other composers. He says the following: Completing the unfinished work of a great master is a very delicate task. In my opinion it can honestly be undertaken only if the original fragment contains all of the main ideas of the unfinished work. In such a case a respectful craftsman may attempt, … Continue reading Ernst Krenek on completing unfinished works
So this is fun, but also kind of inaccurate. When Mahler was preparing to write his next symphony after the eighth, he was troubled by something. He was worried about a curse or misfortune that could befall him if he … Continue reading The Curse of the Ninth