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Leitmotif in Mahler's Ninth Symphony

When I was 17 my family moved to Claremont, California, and I had the good fortune to meet and study piano with Gary Davenport, a Juilliard graduate who had recently returned home after many years in New York.   2,803 more words


Music review: OSO rises to occasion for ailing director

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
at Southam Hall
Reviewed Monday night

Monday night’s Ottawa Symphony Orchestra concert opened with the announcement that music director David Currie would not be on the podium. 421 more words

Local Arts

Classical music review: Claude Vivier's Hiérophanie is madness at its best

The main challenge for a critic attending the North American premiere Saturday of Claude Vivier’s Hiérophanie — a work of 1970 and the first flowering of the late composer’s creative energies — was not assessing and appreciating its various theatrical and musical elements but describing them without making the 43-minute piece for 11 instrumentalists and soprano seem completely ludicrous. 534 more words


The Garbage music heard around the World: Ottawa composer found a hit in his recycling bin

He has written music for string quartets, orchestras, violins and woodwinds, but Ottawa composer Jan Jarvlepp owes his biggest international hit to the day he looked into his recycling bin and thought it would be fun to write some music for tin cans, hub caps and a bunch of empty bottles. 938 more words

Local Arts

Classical Discoveries: 20th century turned Classicist: Prokofiev's Symphony No.1 in D major, "Classical"

(Most of the material for this episode is based on The BBC Proms Guide To Great Symphonies, as well as The Encyclopedia Of Music by Max-Wade Matthews and Wendy Thompson and kennethwoods.net, the website of the American conductor). 1,484 more words

Classical Music

Music and Killing

“I don’t play guitar anymore. Too much killing.”

My rule for cab drivers and barbers is, if they don’t talk, I don’t, but if they do, I do. 902 more words

New Music