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 -
Explore the History of the Ancient Greek World
from the Neolithic to the Classical Period. Covering important topics, such as Art and Architecture
, Culture and Society
, Poetry, Olympics
, History Periods
, Philosophy, Playwrights, Kings and Rulers
of Ancient Greece.
posted by netbros
on Feb 21, 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 -
The Guardian has compiled a list of their top fifty arts videos
, the majority being from either rare or obscure sources and uploaded onto YouTube.
posted by djgh
on Aug 30, 2008 -
Art Images for College Teaching
is a searchable
collection of 2,027, well, art images for college teaching, and appears to be mainly the personal collection of Art Historian Allan Kohl (previously on MeFi)
, and thus represents his interests and specialities, not to mention the variable quality of his photographic skills. Rather strong in Ancient and Medieval, especially architecture, but tapers off as you become more distant from Europe or closer to the 20th century. Nice sets include the Lion Hunt from Ashurbanipal,
Iraq; the exterior sculpture
of Chartres; and grave stele
posted by Rumple
on Feb 1, 2008 -
My favorite piece of music is Stravinsky's "Petrouchka."
(Scroll down to the 2002-2003 Season for mp3s.) Today, I was blown away by this
recording (CD for purchase, alas) of parts of the piece played on accordion
. (If you're a Stravinsky fan, please do yourself a favor and acquire this CD!). I've always associated accordions with polkas
(and Ennio Morricone
music ... and, of course, the Doctor Who theme)
. I never knew
they were rich enough to stand
in for a whole orchestra
! And I didn't know much about accordions used in classical music
. Anyway, back to Petrouchka
: here are videos of the ballet: bit
, I II
posted by grumblebee
on Nov 10, 2007 -
What's the most difficult piano piece?
. Is it La Campanella
, written by Liszt to show off what only he could do? (performance
) Is it Balakirev's Islamey
, which even Balakirev struggled to play? (performance
) Or Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit
, written to top Islamey
) Does Godowsky double his points by reconfiguring the already-difficult Chopin for the left hand? (performance
) And if someone plays all four hours of Sorabji's Opus Clavicembalisticum
, written across four staves to fit the extra notes, will anyone listen? (perfomance excerpts
, score excerpts
posted by argybarg
on Jan 6, 2007 -
has bar-by-bar analyses
of major classical works (of composers associated with Austria): audio, annotations, scores, and performance/score animations in various video formats, together with biographical essays on the composers. Some possible points of departure: 1
posted by Wolfdog
on Apr 12, 2006 -
For all the hoo-ha about Callas first bringing real acting to the operatic stage, one has only to view the footage of Risë Stevens legendary 1952 “Carmen” to see what kind of Method she brought to the Met. Stevens was the definitive gypsy wanton, and her performance has it all— fire, ice, and that impossible balance between elegance and sluttiness. Her technique is superb—licking her fingers before extinguishing the candles in what will be her death chamber, then flicking off the wax; flinging her unwanted lover’s ring at him, spitting out a contemptuous
The Metropolitan Opera Guild honors
the Bronx-born singer
, now 92. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Feb 9, 2006 -
Mozart's musical diary
- kept between 1784 and 1791 - goes online today courtesy of the British Library. There is a helpful audio commentary if you can't decipher his handwriting, plus excerpts from some of his music. The same site also has works by artists and authors such as Jane Austen, Leonardo da Vinci and Lewis Carroll.
posted by greycap
on Jan 12, 2006 -
Perhaps one of the most accessible classical works is Ravel
In a piece
Michael Chorost decribes his journey of getting a cochlear implant since going totally deaf. He wanted to experience Ravel and his magic again. This is a very compelling and very emotional read. (via BoingBoing
posted by wheelieman
on Jan 5, 2006 -
Music is nothing.
Sound could become music.
The end must be in the beginning,
and the beginning in the end.
I am here because I am not here.
Music lives in the eternal now.
Music is the now becoming now.
What I learned
from Sergiu Celibidache
, by Markand Thakar
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Oct 14, 2005 -
'A novel contained in a single sigh'
On Sept. 15, 1945, Anton Webern
stepped out to smoke a cigar. An American soldier, seeing the glow of the cigar, panicked and shot
Webern three times. Webern, along with Arnold Schoenberg
and Alban Berg
, is credited with -- or blamed
for -- ushering in an era of composition emphasizing strict, mathematical order over all elements of music, a reaction against the suicidal excess
of Romanticism. On the anniversary of his death, BBC Radio 3 hosts Webern Day
, during which Webern's complete works will be broadcast. The total time to perform his 31 works is about three hours. (Links grabbed mostly from ArtsJournal
posted by NemesisVex
on Sep 14, 2005 -