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Midsummer night’s rant

A midsummer night’s rant on ego-driven performances and their lack of appeal.

The rape of Opera

The recent production of Guillame Tell at ROH staged a rape scene. Does it help the opera or does it take away from the music?

Latin flavours

Latin composers don’t make it often in concert programming, but they’re influence has been everything but insignificant for other composers around the world.

On singers’ size

An open letter to the critics of the London Times, who are targeting singers for their appearances

Does size matter?

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

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

Drowning culture

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

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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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