Conducting technique: the power of the left hand

Conducting technique: the power of the left hand

With the baton being the focal point of attention, the left hand is often neglected or underused. Conducting students are often taught that while the primary and most important hand beats time, the left hand should be left for expression. That’s a very old way...

Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps

Despite the brevity of her life, Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) carved a place for herself in the history of music: with the cantata Faust et Helene (1913) she became the first woman to win the Prix De Rome. Her impressionistic use of the orchestra fits perfectly the...

Julius Röntgen: piano concerto n.2

“Not the famous one”: this is how Julius Röntgen used to introduce himself, referring to his famous uncle, the inventor of the X-ray. Born and raised in Leipzig in 1855, his father was Dutch; Julius lived in the Netherlands from 1878 onwards, and is...

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Symphony in E minor

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz was a polish composer and conductor. He died very young, at the age of 33, and, unfortunately, most of his music got lost during World War II. However, what’s left testifies the stature of this musician, perfectly comfortable between Chopin...

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