Concert Review: 臺北世紀青年管弦樂團- An Evening of Mahler

  I went a few weeks ago to hear this ensemble (see my remarks below about the name) play in our National Concert Hall here in Taipei. This past year or so, I’ve been working through an obsession with the works of Mahler. I still haven’t cracked into Das Lied or some of the song cycles much, but have gotten my head around most of the symphonies. It’s mostly three and nine that are left to really be explored, as well as whatever exists of the tenth in its various forms. I spent most of the summer not going to … Continue reading Concert Review: 臺北世紀青年管弦樂團- An Evening of Mahler

On this day: week of August 25, 2014

August 25 Births: 1758 – Franz Teyber, Austrian organist and composer (d. 1810) 1796 – James Lick, American carpenter and piano builder (d. 1876) 1829 – Carlo Acton, Italian pianist and composer (d. 1909) 1902 – Stefan Wolpe, German-American composer (d. 1972) 1915 – Walter Trampler, American viola player and educator (d. 1997) 1918 – Leonard Bernstein, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990). Thinking so much about and listening to so much Mahler lately…. I can appreciate Bernstein’s influence as an educator and hugely enormous proponent of Mahler’s works (thanks also, I suppose in part, to Mitropolous), but I tend not to go for his interpretations (granted, I haven’t given them as … Continue reading On this day: week of August 25, 2014

On this day: week of August 18, 2014

Week of August 18, 2014 August 18 Births: 1750 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1825) 1893 – Ernest MacMillan, Canadian conductor and composer (d. 1973) 1910 – Herman Berlinski, Polish-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2001) 1916 – Moura Lympany, English pianist (d. 2005) Deaths: 1613 – Giovanni Artusi, Italian composer and theorist (b. 1540) 2004 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer and conductor (b. 1922) Not related to the other Bernstein August 19 Births: 1570 – Salamone Rossi, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1630) 1881 – George Enescu, Romanian violinist, pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1955) 1914 – Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese composer (d. 1955) Deaths: 1900 – Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian violinist, composer, and conductor … Continue reading On this day: week of August 18, 2014

On this day: Week of August 11, 2014

Week of August 11, 2014 August 11 1942 – Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi. This one’s a stretch, but Wi-Fi is really important, and Antheil was a genius and a composer.  Births: 1748 – Joseph Schuster, German composer (d. 1812) 1919 – Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949) 1927 – Raymond Leppard, English harpsichord player and conductor 1966 – Juan María Solare, Argentine pianist and composer Deaths: 1868 – Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (b. 1815) 1974 – Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan conductor and composer (Orfeón Lamas) (b. 1887) 1996 – Rafael Kubelík, Czech conductor and composer (b. … Continue reading On this day: Week of August 11, 2014

On this day: week of August 4, 2014

The first full week in August. Let’s go.  August 4 Births: 1844 – Henri Berger, German composer and bandleader (d. 1929) 1901 – Louis Armstrong, American trumpeter and singer (d. 1971) 1908 – Kurt Eichhorn, German conductor (d. 1994) 1910 – William Schuman, American composer (d. 1992) Note the single N Deaths: 1942 – Alberto Franchetti, Italian composer (b. 1860) August 5 Births: (this could be the most births on one day so far… holy cow) 1565 – Paola Massarenghi, Italian composer (d. 1565) 1623 – Antonio Cesti, Italian composer (d. 1669) 1694 – Leonardo Leo, Italian composer (d. 1744) Geez. Three in a row 1797 – Friedrich August Kummer, German cellist and composer (d. 1879) 1811 – Ambroise … Continue reading On this day: week of August 4, 2014

On this day: Week of July 28, 2014

Another week of dates and numbers here. While the process of preparing this is quite interesting and educational, it is also tedious, and I will be glad when we get around to early next year and I won’t be redoing these anymore…Also, lots of famous deaths this week… kind of sad. July 28  Births: 1893 – Rued Langgaard, Danish composer and organist (d. 1952)  1914 – Carmen Dragon, American conductor and composer (d. 1984) You may understand why I was a bit incredulous at this name, and then somewhat also surprised to see it was a man.  Deaths: 1741 – Antonio Vivaldi, Italian violinist and composer … Continue reading On this day: Week of July 28, 2014