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Another Layer to Berlioz

Hector Berlioz’s treatment of the beloved Shakespeare tragedy in Roméo et Juliette, his “dramatic symphony” premiered in 1839, stands apart for its radical approach to narrative and musical story-telling. 514 more words


Languishing with the spectre of a rose

A forest. A lake. The silver reflection of moonlight on the water. Fireflies. Shadows. A voice. A female voice singing. Soft as silk. The orchestra – subtle as can be – is lifting the mezzosoprano up, guiding her through the piece. 541 more words

New Review - National Youth Orchestra of the USA, Dutoit conducting, Yundi Li pianist

Kids at their finest: The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Charles Dutoit conductor, Yundi Li, pianist. Review on Live Performance Page.

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Haiku Wednesday - Hector Berlioz

Hector concocted
An elaborate scheme to
Kill his fiancée.

Donning a dress, he’d
Access the house, draw his gun…
Maybe use poison.

Jilted Berlioz
Came to his senses, went back, 301 more words


The French Connections: The Soundtrack

For each of the composers in the illustration I have selected a piece of music or two for your listening pleasure.  I deliberately tried not to pick the pieces the composers are best known for, so there will be no… 155 more words