"Note that Scriabin
did not, for his theory, recognize a difference between a major and a minor tonality of the same name (for example: c-minor and C-Major). Indeed, influenced also
by the doctrines of theosophy
, he developed his system of synesthesia
toward what would have been a pioneering multimedia performance: his unrealized magnum opus Mysterium
was to have been a grand week-long performance including music, scent, dance, and light
in the foothills of the Himalayas Mountains that was somehow to bring about the dissolution of the world in bliss
." - From Russian composer Alexander Scriabin's Wikipedia page [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Mar 25, 2013 -
The Canto Ostinato
is a minimalist classical composition written in 1976-1979 consisting of "small, entirely tonal cells which are repeated - how many times is left to the performer". Usually performed by two
or four pianos
, it's also been adapted to other instruments like the harp
. The Canto Ostinato ("stubborn song") was written by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt
, who passed away yesterday. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Nov 26, 2012 -
The Groundbreaking Japanese Electronic band, Yellow Magic Orchestra
, has been mentioned
on the Blue before
, and, not too long ago, the band’s most famous album, Solid State Survivor, was noticed as something every science fiction fan should listen to
(#98 on list).
But if one really wants forward looking and innovative it is worth taking a closer look at the career of YMO’s most prolific member, Ryuichi Sakamoto. [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master
on Aug 9, 2012 -
manually snapped frames in-between the frames the animator intended to use, in order to capture the animation process in action. Not sure if the actual time-lapse has been released, but more on the elaborate production of it is available here
posted by gman
on May 13, 2012 -
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is well-known for having been a child prodigy. A previously unknown composition of his, dated c. 1767, when he would have been 11 years old, (PDF of score)
had it's premiere
earlier this week. [more inside]
posted by bardophile
on Mar 25, 2012 -
For centuries, Renaissance composer Alessandro Striggio's "Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno"
, an enormous setting of the Mass for 40 and 60 voices, was thought to be lost to the ages. A few years ago, UC Berkeley musicologist Davitt Moroney discovered that a copy of the work, attributed to a non-existent composer, was hiding right under our noses, in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. In an hour-long lecture titled "The Pope, the Emperor and the Grand Duke"
, Professor Moroney recounts the story of the Mass's disappearance and rediscovery, describes the historical significance of the music, and unravels the intriguing geopolitical landscape of 16th century Italy.
posted by archagon
on Sep 28, 2011 -
is a series of videos, audio clips and articles in which noted music journalist and Frankie Goes to Hollywood mastermind Paul Morley explores various facets of music. Each month has a theme, [warning: most links have autoplaying video] Michael Jackson
, classical music
, The Beatles
, folk music
, The X Factor
, the Noughties
, the next big thing
, UK hip hop
, and dance
. Here is some of what's on offer: MeFi faves Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip on hip hop
, These New Puritans' Jack Barnett
, Johnny Marr on folk (parts 1
), but isn't all just interviews, there are also a lot of performances, e.g. Michael Nyman and David McAlmont
, Badly Drawn Boy
, Susanna Wallumrød covers Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak
, and Cornershop cover Norwegian Wood
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Over the past few years, Eric Whitacre
has been taking the composition world by storm. And now he's all over the
web. (Most links silent, personal website has an autoplay rainstorm going on.) His choral works range from the mysterious and brooding Water Night
to the rambunctious modern madrigal, With a Lily In Your Hand
, to the wonderfully lush Sleep
(formerly a setting of Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" - tragically halted by copyright infringement, but still available
thanks to the magic of YouTube). While his instrumental compositions run the spectrum from silly musical parody (Godzilla Eats Las Vegas
) to poignant melancholy (October
) with some delicate crossover between vocal and instrumental (Lux Aurumque
- first choral, then instrumental!). If you are or think you may be even remotely interested in contemporary classical music, you owe it to yourself to become familiar with the work of Eric Whitacre.
posted by greekphilosophy
on Jun 8, 2009 -
Music Journalist David Stubbs
has a new book
exploring why when the audience for modern art is huge, that for new music is tiny. The BBC, has an article
about this with an interview with the author and some sound samples.
posted by ob
on Apr 30, 2009 -
Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A, Op. 47 (audio
) was originally dedicated
to the black violin virtuoso George Bridgetower
after he gave such a brilliant rendering of the piece that prompted Beethoven to jump from his seat and embrace him. Bridgetower was a musical child prodigy and composer who, despite rampant racial prejudice, reached "unusual heights in the music world of his day". Having lived and performed in major European cities such as London, Paris, and Vienna, he would later die forgotten and in poverty.
A personal disagreement with Bridgetower led Beethoven to dedicate the sonata to the famous violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer instead who, incidentally, never played it in public deeming it “outrageously unintelligible”. [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada
on Mar 27, 2009 -
at the European Archive. Free and legal lossless downloads of out-of-copyright recordings. Formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 & Ogg.
posted by Gyan
on Mar 9, 2009 -
Rejoice, classical music lovers! After closing in October 2007 due to copyright issues, the International Music Score Library Project (previously)
has reopened! (In June, but there's no FPP about it.) From a quick overview, it seems the site has most of every major (pre-20th-century?) composer's opus - far more than any other "free sheet music" website.
posted by archagon
on Oct 20, 2008 -
Why are classical music concerts so serious?
A fascinating history of how and why classic music concerts evolved to become so stuffy: silent formal audience, ridged schedule, and a canonical play-list of the same dead artists over and over - they used to be more fun and spontaneous, until the gatecrashers showed up..
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 8, 2008 -
The Bang on a Can Marathon
is currently in progress at the World Financial Center
in Manhattan. This annual Marathon has taken various forms over the years, with a range of lengths, locations and admission prices; this year's features 26 straight hours of music from around the world, with free admission. Bang on a Can is the 20-year-old
new music presenting, producing and recording group co-founded by composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon.
posted by allterrainbrain
on Jun 3, 2007 -
is a neat site I found while looking for information on a classical piece I'm learning on guitar. It seems to predominantly cover classical music but also covers other genres. It has biographies, mp3s, sheet music and so on.
posted by substrate
on Feb 21, 2007 -
The Hatto Hoax. Joyce Hatto
has been described as "the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of." Her performances of piano works by Liszt, Schubert, and Rachmaninov were praised
by classical afficionados for their "addictively beautiful sonority, cultured musicianship, and total instrumental mastery."
Since she died in June 2006, however, Hatto has been at the center of one of the stranger scandals to hit classical music in years. It's starting to look like some or all of her treasured, hard-to-find recordings made since 1990 are not her playing at all. [Via]
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 16, 2007 -