Camille Claudel and Creative Fever

Camille Claudel and Creative Fever

Why compose an opera based on the life of Camille Claudel? I have been asked this question more than once. The answer, is that I was simply compelled to do it. In fact, it all started with a movie. I was flipping through channels and landed on Arte, where they were...
Culture shall not feed you

Culture shall not feed you

What is the value of music education? In a previous post I mentioned the fact that art in general and music in particular are not considered to be fundamental to a person’s education. Why is that the case? Personally, I think I got the answer from an Italian ministry...
The annoying kid

The annoying kid

I recently experienced something that seems to be quite common in today’s concert halls: the annoying kid that will not stop moving, coughing, talking or pointing.While others have interrupted the performance, I did not. Simply because when I turned to the kid to...
Math and music

Math and music

As I’ve mentioned in this post, I do believe that from the point of view of providing a 360 education, people from the middle ages were more advanced that we are. As a matter of fact, education was divided into two main segments: the trivium (grammar, rethoric,...
Give me back my right to boo! (and be booed…)

Give me back my right to boo! (and be booed…)

In 2011, I was for the first time in Bayreuth and had the good fortune to attend their new production of Meistersinger. The cast was superb, and so were the orchestra and the choir. However, what I particularly appreciated was the enormous effort of the director,...
On contemporary music

On contemporary music

Why is contemporary music so frightening to audiences and artists? Why do people have hesitations (to be polite…) in attending contemporary music concerts? It hasn’t always been like this. There was a time, up until the mid-twentieth century, when contemporary...

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