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Does size matter?

Who says opera should only be staged and performed by big opera houses?
Small opera companies have the capacity to refuel people’s attention on this art, breaking the rituals and engaging new and old audiences.

Creative dissonance

Composing is a reflection of everyday life and how you live your emotions throughout it. Live mildly and you’ll get bland notes out of your pen. But why do that when you can have no fear of right or wrong and listen to the radio in colors?

Drowning culture

The Italian government cuts once again orchestra funds. The country of culture keeps drowning.

Diverging rails

A recent interview to Franz Welser-Möst got me thinking about Karl Böhm and how much a certain approach can affect the end result of a production.

Ravaged Beauty

Ravaged Beauty

The conceptual opera “Audioguide III” ends with the disruption of 66 violins. Does this serve the kantian philosophical underground of the work?

Baudelaire’s goats

Baudelaire’s goats

How Baudelaire’s poem “L’irreparable” and an old man’s story inspired a new piece.

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Beethoven Symphony n.7, Mov. 1 [analysis]

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?

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, 2nd movement [analysis]

How did an amateur composer manage to weave one of the most magic carpets in the history of music? How did he create a narrative sound that transports us in an exhilarating journey to the fairy tale dimension of the far east?

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique [analysis] 1st movement

Certainly Berlioz’s most popular work, the Symphonie Fantastique could be defined as the first psychedelic symphony.

In this post, we’ll go through an analysis of the 1st mov. and Berlioz’s own program notes, both from 1845 and from 1855. And of course, some technical tips.

Conducting Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Notoriously, The Sorcerer’s apprentice was used in the Disney cartoon Fantasia. But the great popularity that it got from it also shadowed some of its unique characteristics, such as its structure and its orchestration.

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