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July 9   -  

Identification of (romantic?) chamber piece

Dear readers, I am trying to identify the name of a piece of chamber music and although I have asked a number of friends who are amateur or professional members of orchestras, I could not yield any results yet. I live near the conservatory in ...

July 9   -  

Help me please identify a piece that's haunting me

This comes from a Russian radio programme from Radio Free Europe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIQRgrn8WbI

July 9   -  

Beethoven

I have been score reading Beethoven's string quartets chronologically to examine the development of his compositional style. Often his style has been put into three periods (early/middle/late) and it does seem sometimes that some of these are more ...

July 9   -  

Wine, Chocolate, and the Female Voice

With wine I started on sparkling wine and gradually developed a taste for dry wine. With chocolate I started on milk chocolate and gradually developed a taste for dark chocolate. So with the female voice, I could not stand alto but loved soprano, yet ...

July 9   -  

Definitive in what role?

I figure most of us have a favorite for a certain role. Who's your favorite Don Diovanni? Who is your absolute favorite Figaro in Il Barbiere, or Le Nozze? Who is your favorite Duke or Rigoletto? Madama Butterfly or Carmen? Who is your Siegfried? I ...

July 9   -  

If you work hard, you can hear it all - live!

I started going to concerts properly in my very late teens. Over the following 20 or so years (I'm 50 now:o ) I've heard nearly everything "you really want to hear" live; except for one thing. Gurrelieder. That's it. I have 'collected' everything ...

July 9   -  

Finding a good piano teacher?

Can anyone advise me on a good way to find a qualified and competent piano teacher? Maybe the people taking lessons can comment or if there are any teachers here, advice would be helpful. I have one I found at http://www.sugarlandpianostudio.com , but ...

July 9   -  

Haydn for Beginners

Looking through my collection of "classical" music, I see a lot of names you don't get in your regular Reader's Digest collection. Pieces I enjoy quite well, but one name is missing from the lot. A name well known, and well loved. I've no Haydn, ...

July 9   -  

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

I have had Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique in my collection for some time but never really listened to it. I am listening to it now and I am not sure how I feel about it. It's a bit strange but still there is something to it. Should I work on it? What ...

July 9   -  

A Paradox

In the thread on member's musical pet peeves , somebody, I forget who , mentioned the supposed "lack of personality " of today's musicians while praising the great ones of the past for having an abundance of this elusive musical quality of ...
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