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Experimental Waves (May 2016)

Cello and answering machine, ukulele miniatures related to a picture book, sampling, remixing and processing, an orchestral soundscape, an ‘oral score’ transmitted verbally from composer to performers in the way that the work’s epic poetry theme would have been;  this month’s playlist is dominated by acoustic and electronic musical interactions with an experimental and highly conceptual spirit.  466 more words

Australian Music

Richard Strauss’s 2% solution

The German physician Hans Leicher undertook an operation on Richard Strauss’s nose in 1928, when the composer was working on his opera Arabella. 121 more words


The Calm before the Classical


Some figures in music history outmatch, outperform, and outproduce their contemporaries to such a degree that they deserve special scrutiny. Johann Sebastian Bach fits this category nicely, as does two of his sons. 1,794 more words

Music History

The Glass Mountain (1948)

This is a sentimental favourite of mine, ever since I first saw it one rainy afternoon on Channel 4 many years ago. And now there’s snow and sleet in the air it’s time to break it out again. 164 more words



I had the privilege of previewing one of Waxworks‘ latest releases this week; Taxi Driver by Bernard Herrmann. I’ve reviewed this and the new… 818 more words


Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor (op. 85)

Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor is one of those (for me) rare things in classical music; a piece which I found instantly comprehensible. It is sad. 183 more words


W is for Amnon Wolman

I’m doing the A-Z April Challenge again. This year, I’m going to look only for composers born the same year as I was: 1955.

Today is W, and my choice is Amnon Wolman… 9 more words