Vítězslav Novák – In the Tatra Mountains

Vítězslav Novák – In the Tatra Mountains

Vítězslav Novák (1870-1949) was a Czech post-romantic composer. Born in a small Bohemian town, he moved to Prague in his teens to study at the conservatory, where he had the good fortune of having Antonín Dvořák as a teacher for some time.  In the late 1890s, Novák...
Vasily Kalinnikov – Symphony n.1

Vasily Kalinnikov – Symphony n.1

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901) has not been one of the most prolific composers in history. In 1892, thanks to Tchaikovsky, Kalinnikov became the main conductor of the Maly Theater, and later that same year of the Moscow Italian Theater, a position he eventually was...
Tempo changes in conducting

Tempo changes in conducting

A tempo is a pace at which a piece is performed. It’s one of the big challenges of conducting, both from a musical and from a technical point of view.How do you choose the right tempo? And is there a “right tempo” at all? The answer to this question...
Havergal Brian – Symphony n.1 “Gothic”

Havergal Brian – Symphony n.1 “Gothic”

Havergal Brian (born William Brian, 1876–1972) was an extremely prolific British classical composer.  His First Symphony (out of 32), written between 1919 and 1927 and known as the “Gothic” symphony, is to this day his most famous work. It needs to be said...
How to talk to an orchestra during a rehearsal

How to talk to an orchestra during a rehearsal

When you step in front of an orchestra, especially for the first time, you have to convince a number of people of your idea. You need to keep in mind that their collective knowledge and experience is greater than yours and something that can be invaluable to you as a...

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