The baton: a conductor’s tool

The baton: a conductor’s tool

 Many refer to the baton as the conductor’s instrument (mistakingly so, the conductor’s instrument is, in fact, the orchestra): it is, for sure, the cheapest tool available to a musician; it’s basically the same for everyone, with few changes, like...
Alexander Scriabin: Etudes

Alexander Scriabin: Etudes

“In love’s godlike breathing, there’s the innermost aspect of the universe” – A.Scriabin. Here’s a selection of his Etudes played by Sviatoslav Richter. ← Prev: Carl Nielsen: Symphony n.2 Next: Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Symphony in...
Carl Nielsen: Symphony n.2

Carl Nielsen: Symphony n.2

How about turning a very specific mood into a symphony movement? While working on his first opera, Nielsen finished his second symphony, subtitled “The Four Temperaments”: ‘The Choleric’, ‘The Sanguine’, ‘The...
From Guido de’ Cavalcanti to Bill Evans

From Guido de’ Cavalcanti to Bill Evans

Il canto del nibbio   I started writing these 3 pieces on a whim: looking for inspiration in poetry, I stumbled upon an old book of sonetti by Guido de’ Cavalcanti, one of the most important poets in the history of Italian literature. Cavalcanti lived in...

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