Chad Lawson Chopin Variations: Chopin, Jazz and Genre

Chad Lawson Chopin Variations: Chopin, Jazz and Genre

Steinway Artist Chad Lawson, who wrote multi-award winning albums ‘The Space Between’ and ‘The Piano’, is releasing a new CD centred on the nocturnes, preludes and waltzes of Chopin on 23 September 2014. Here he speaks about Chopin, jazz and his composition process. Initially influenced by the TV American Rock...
'On Beethoven'; interview with John Lill

‘On Beethoven’; interview with John Lill

When looking at one of Turner’s paintings, a lady asked the painter, ‘Why do you paint all those colours in the sky; when I look at the sky, I don’t see those colours’. ‘No Madam’, Turner replied, ‘but don’t you wish you could?’. The spiritual For the great pianist John...
World Online Orchestra

World Online Orchestra

The first online collaborative orchestra, the World Online Orchestra (WOO), was launched in January 2014 by the Copenhagen Philharmonic together with Helios Design Labs and Makropol. Using Beethoven’s 7th Symphony mov II for the beta launch, WOO is an interactive symphony that allows the listener to direct what they are listening to....
Alfred Brendel lecture: 'A Pianist's A to Z' in memory of Isaiah Berlin

Alfred Brendel lecture: ‘A Pianist’s A to Z’ in memory of Isaiah Berlin

Pianist Arthur Schnabel, faced with the question: ‘Do you play with feeling or in time?’ replied, ‘Why shouldn’t I be feeling in time?’ Alfred Brendel spoke at Wolfson College, Oxford, for the Isaiah Berlin memorial lecture on Thursday 30th May. Brendel’s lecture was warm, light-hearted and insightful, and brought to life...
Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

The relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche was of a polarised intensity.  Nietzsche went from being one of Wagner’s closest friends and admirers, to being his an ardent critic and fervent enemy. In his work The Birth of Tragedy (1868), Nietzsche regards Wagner as the redeemer of Greek tragedy and a...
Emotion from music: real or fictional?

Emotion from music: real or fictional?

In Alan Yentob’s recent BBC programme How Music Makes Us Feel, he discusses the links between music and emotion, physical characteristics of these emotions (such as why babies move to music), and why music enters where words leave off. Whilst Yentob perhaps focuses too much on the composer’s intentions rather than...
Recomposed or refragmented? Baroque, Minimalist & Stravinskian sound worlds in Max Richter’s Recomposed Vivaldi

Recomposed or refragmented? Baroque, Minimalist & Stravinskian sound worlds in Max Richter’s Recomposed Vivaldi

Max Richter – a leading British composer – has just premiered his recomposed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to exceptional critical acclaim. Richter describes how he sculpted his music from the original material, going back to the music itself rather than working with old recordings (as is the case with...
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Beethoven Piano Sonata op. 111, John Lill

Beethoven Piano Sonata op. 111, John Lill

When asked to choose his favourite Beethoven Piano Sonata, legendary pianist John Lill chose the last sonata, op. 111.  Two-movement structure Beethoven’s last piano sonata has only two movements (i. Maestoso, ii. Arietta) rather than the more typical three. Lill likens it to Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony; both are utterly complete and substantial, particularly the second...
Jeffrey Siegel 'Keyboard Conversations': Chopin

Jeffrey Siegel ‘Keyboard Conversations’: Chopin

Jeffrey Siegel spoke and performed at Kings Place, bringing Chopin’s music alive with his anecdotes, analysis and interpretation. The second of his three-part series of ‘Keyboard Conversations’ are wonderfully designed to enhance the listener’s experience of the music, making it more focused and accessible. ‘Cat’ Waltz, op. 34 no. 3 Siegel told the charming (and...
"Emancipation of dissonance never happened'; interview with composer & classical guitarist David Braid

“Emancipation of dissonance never happened’; interview with composer & classical guitarist David Braid

An interview with classical guitarist and composer David Braid with his musical influences and some strong views on musicology, the emancipation of dissonance and state funding of art… What was your route to becoming a composer? Circuitous but always inevitable – from early piano/violin lessons to guitar strumming from a singing nun when I was 10...
Jukedeck; interview with Ed Rex

Jukedeck; interview with Ed Rex

Entrepreneur, composer and writer Ed Rex launched Jukedeck last month. A choristor and choral scholar at King’s Cambridge, where he later read Music, Ed’s pieces have been published by Novello and Boosey & Hawkes. Ed also writes about about arts and technology for The Spectator. What is Jukedeck? Jukedeck is responsive music software – a computer program that...
'Music and Advertising'

‘Music and Advertising’

Natasha Baldwin – Group President of Imagem – Anna Jaskiewicz – Head of A&R and Sync from Manners MacDade – and Jeremy Holland-Smith – prominent composer for advertising, TV and film spoke at a Noted event about music and advertising. The Composer Jeremy described how briefs come in with visuals and a temp score, advising...
Schubert's Sonata Form: analysis of Schubert's A minor Piano Sonata D.845

Schubert’s Sonata Form: analysis of Schubert’s A minor Piano Sonata D.845

Structure Schubert’s A minor piano sonata D.845 is in a fairly conventional sonata form though with an inverted sense of development and ambiguity over the beginning of the recapitulation. The structure can be seen to be as follows: Structure Bar Numbers Tonality Time code in video Exposition 1-90 A-C 0’’-2’ 13’’ First Subject 1-26 A...
Sven Helbig Interview: Pocket Symphonies

Sven Helbig Interview: Pocket Symphonies

An interview with Sven Helbig on his new album Pocket Symphonies and the future of classical music, held at Saatchi & Saatchi, London 30th July 2013. Could you tell us a little bit about Pocket Symphonies, when you started composing it and the inspiration behind it? I’ve been locking myself away for one year. This album is special for me...
'Music Management Undressed'

‘Music Management Undressed’

Mark Newbanks, founder of Fidelio Arts, and Simon Burke-Kennedy, of Bitter and Twisted, spoke at ‘Music Management Undressed’, the first of a new cultural event series hosted by Noted. Comparing what turned out to be the hugely differing worlds of classical and pop music management, it appears that the two almost have even less in common...
Garsington Opera: Mozart, die Entführung and...Abramovich

Garsington Opera: Mozart, die Entführung and…Abramovich

Amidst stormy skies, ample bubbly and extremely well-spoken young scouts helping with people’s hampers, the audience assembled for Mozart’s early opera Die Entfürhung aus dem Serail. The outwardly simple set had an impressive array of cut outs in the house wall and it was clear we were going to be treated with ample revolving windows...
National Geographic London Store Cultural Calendar

National Geographic London Store Cultural Calendar

Amid the whirring of the coffee machines and the intense crowds of tourists leaving Harrods, Sunday afternoon at the National Geographic London Store saw flautist Katherine Bryan launch her new CD, featuring the first-ever British recording of American Christopher Rouse’s concerto. Bryan gave a theatrical performance of the highest calibre, including Poulenc, Debussy, Martin and...
Review: ENO Wozzeck

Review: ENO Wozzeck

Carrie Cracknell’s ENO production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck was a mixture of immensely powerful and marginally confusing in parts – for what is essentially a very simple story line, the plot felt slightly complicated. However, the last thirty minutes, from when Wozzeck finally kills his wife Marie, are hugely intense, powerful and gripping. Imagery and psychological turmoil...
Faster than Sound: bridging musical genres and digital art

Faster than Sound: bridging musical genres and digital art

Faster Than Sound is a groundbreaking series curated by Aldeburgh Music that joins the dots between musical genres and digital art forms and bringing the Aldeburgh festival into the 21st century. In five week-long residencies each year, the Faster Than Sound series places strong emphasis on emerging technologies to help create new cross-art collaborations. The...
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