A walk in the score
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Full of surprises and joie de vivre: Beethoven’s 4th symphony’s structure, phrasing, harmony and conducting tips
At first, Romeo and Juliet was not successful either in Russia or in Europe. But a small but powerful group of musicians showed its appreciation for it: Camille Saint-Saëns, in France, and the group of five in Russia. Romeo and Juliet went from a criticized piece to one of the most loved of all times: its love theme, with its passionate melody, has sunk into our own consciousness.
A Latin Rite of Spring, full of mythological dances of the Mayas and the Aztecs and a ritual ending with the killing of a tropical snake: this is Revueltas’ Sensemayá.
Taras Bulba is among Janáček most significant works for orchestra alone. Once a rare piece, this rhapsody for orchestra has now become part of the standard repertoire thanks to its sophisticated harmonic language and its undeniable passion.
Culture wars and rising racism: historical context, structure, and conducting tips of the 1st movement of Dvořák’s 7th symphony
How does a piece of music without any description manage to raise more descriptive explanations than any other work, ranging from catacombs to political revolution? What’s the glue holding the entire symphony together? And what’s one of the biggest issues that arise when interpreting this piece?
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