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  • 2015 February 22: Musical "Lenses"

    February 22, 2015 10:30

    What we listen for in music has changed substantially down through the ages. During Bach's day (the Baroque era), what marked a good composer was his capacity for 'invention' — that is, the variety of things he could do with one idea. Thus for them the 'fugue' — an entire piece based one melodic figure (the 'fugue subject') — was an iconic form of that age, and that same notion of deeply exploring one idea extended to other forms. (more )

  • 2015 February 15: Mozart

    February 15, 2015 10:30

    Mozart was once approached by a young man who was interested in Mozart's advice on how to compose a symphony. Since he was still very young, Mozart recommended that he start by composing ballads (songs). Surprised, the young man responded, "But you wrote symphonies when you were only ten years old." "But I didn't have to ask how," countered Mozart. (more )

  • 2015 February 8: Who wrote it?

    February 08, 2015 10:30

    One morning, Schubert brought singer Michael Vogl several songs for his perusal. Busy at the moment, Vogl set them aside and examined them later when he had opportunity. He liked one especially, but it was too high for him, so he transposed it and had a (hand) copy made. A couple weeks later he, Schubert and some friends were enjoying a musical evening together. Something new was asked for, and without comment Vogl placed Schubert's song on the piano (in its new key, and someone else's handwriting). When Schubert heard the piece, he exclaimed "H'm! Pretty good song! Who wrote it?" (more )

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