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Dateline: Bourgie Hall, Montréal, Thursday night, November 27, 2014
In 1747 Frederick the Great, the greatest ruler of his age, sent Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest composer of his age, a dour, nine-bar theme of his own devising to improvise…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on January 1, 2015 at 6:18pm
Over the course of four live concerts at the end of November, in the shining new Maison Symphonique at the Place des Arts, Andrew Wan, the Orchestre Symphonie de Montréal (OSM) of which he is…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on December 29, 2014 at 8:11am
“Greensleeves” is a traditional English song, its lyrics giving voice to a disappointed lover. Rumor has pinned its composition to a lovelorn Henry VIII, discouraged by his initial rejection by Anne Boleyn, but “Greensleeves” is more likely an Elizabethan tune. It is believed to have been first published in 1580 under the title “A New Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves,” and is referenced in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, first published around 1602, but probably…Continue
Posted by Greg Cahill on December 19, 2014 at 4:50pm
From our friend the violinist Lara St. John:
A few days before appearing with the Rai Orchestra, with Steven Mercurio conducting John Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto, I started to realize I was in one of those puzzles where One of These Things Does Not Fit. It was the first homecoming of my 1779 Guadagnini in over 150 years, playing a concerto by an Italian-American dedicated to his Calabrese father on that father’s bow, with an Italian-American conductor doing an…Continue
Posted by Greg Cahill on December 3, 2014 at 10:30am
Lovely material in the workshop. I am just starting to cut into it, and this spruce, which is used for the tops of instruments, has a golden brown patina all the way through it. Normally, wood is aged by the tone wood seller for a number of years, and some sellers bake the wood in the sun, giving then of…Continue
Dateline: Hall of Art and Culture, Kaposvár, Hungary, Sunday August 17, noon, 2014
August 17 was once again a provocative day at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár, a festival without any recognized limits of where the musicians are allowed take the music they play.
Each night and each morning, the venues were packed with kids, music students…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 21, 2014 at 12:30pm