November 5, 2020 by
History sometimes helps us rethink myths and better understand the true motives behind the creation of great music. A case in point is Beethoven's 12 Variations on “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, which was dedicated to Beethoven's one-time student Eleonore von Breuning, whom he once hoped to marry.
October 29, 2020 by
Franz Schubert (1797-1828), composer of the "Wanderer" Fantasy, may have been the most prolific musical prodigy the world has known. He died when he was only 31. It is a testament to the breakneck speed of his work that in such a short life, Schubert managed to compose over 1500 works, many of them masterpieces. The "Wanderer" Fantasy is among those.
October 23, 2020 by
Cellist Brannon Cho’s new video of Benjamin Britten’s Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello, filmed by Mike Grittani, is a modern reading of Benjamin Britten, underrated genius. In the pantheon of 20th century composers Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) hasn’t always received his due.
May 16, 2019 by
Programmed in the 2019 NEXUS Chamber Music series is a not-to-miss performance of Five Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet by American composer Florence Price (1887-1953), whose work greatly deserves wider attention. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Florence Price rose to the highest echelon of American composers during the first half of the 20th century, a tremendous feat for an African-American woman of her time.
August 7, 2018 by
The Marlboro Music School and Festival represents the pinnacle of the study of great chamber music masterpieces. Having grown up in a chamber music household, I had known about Marlboro from an early age, but had never actually visited until last weekend.