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Stravinsky, Rite of Spring (1913)

Concert Performances Igor Markevitch/Japan Philharmonic (1968) Pierre Boulez/London Symphony Orchestra (2004) Jaap van Zweden/Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (2010) Choreographies Maurice Béjart (1959/1970) Vaslav Nijinsky/Robert Joffrey (1987/89) Part I Part II Part III Vaslav Nijinsky/Millicent Hodson (1987/2003) (Mariinsky Ballet, dir. Valery Gergiev) Five Different Choreographies of … Continue reading

07. May 2013 by Matthew Hall
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Stephen Fry on the “Tristan Chord”

23. February 2013 by Matthew Hall
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Wallace interviews Horowitz

60 Minutes Interview, December 26, 1977

22. February 2013 by Matthew Hall
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Mozart vs. Clementi film

Helge Antoni, presenter and pianist Part I: Part II:

09. February 2013 by Matthew Hall
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Harpsichord Mottoes

In 17th-century Holland, it was fashionable to inscribe Latin mottos on the inner lid of the harpsichord. This tradition is particular to the Dutch harpsichord builders, and was probably inaugurated by the Ruckers family of builders. Omnia sic transeunt ut … Continue reading

24. October 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Keith Jarrett’s Improvisation

A very interesting video on Keith Jarrett. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

11. October 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Structure of Messiah

Part I: The Annunciation and The Nativity The prophesy and realization of God’s plan to redeem mankind by the coming of a Messiah. No. 1. Overture Scene 1: The Prophecy of Salvation No. 2. Recit (Tenor): Comfort ye my people … Continue reading

17. July 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Fortspinnung

Fortspinnung, from the German for “spinning out,” refers to a process of motivic development commonly used in Baroque composition, especially the High Baroque.  In this technique, musical motives are spun-out into a whole musical structure using simple repetition, intervalic displacement, … Continue reading

11. July 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Brahms, Piano Trio(s), Op. 8

Botstein, The Compleat Brahms (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999), pp. 104–106. The B-major Piano Trio is two compositions, one in essence a very late critique (1889) of a very early work (1854). When Brahms’s publisher and friend … Continue reading

19. April 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Intro to the Chamber Music of Brahms

Botstein, The Compleat Brahms (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999), pp. 87–89. If Schumann recognized the symphonic character of Brahms’s early chamber music, others have perceived the chamber music-like quality of Brahms’s symphonic works. That is hardly surprising, … Continue reading

19. April 2012 by Matthew Hall
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