Monthly archive December, 2012
Philip Glass turns 75: 'Koyaanisqatsi', Ravi Shankar collaboration 'Passages', and 'Satyagraha'

Philip Glass turns 75: ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, Ravi Shankar collaboration ‘Passages’, and ‘Satyagraha’

Philip Glass – hailed as the most well-known living composer today – celebrates his 75th birthday this weekend at the Barbican with a live screening of Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 film, Koyaanisqatsi. Reggio created a ‘visual tone poem’ tracing the collision between man and technology with juxtaposing images of American landscapes and cities. Glass wrote the...
Ravi Shankar on improvisation

Ravi Shankar on improvisation

‘As far as improvisation and ideas, I mean I never had it before like this. It is such a joy and ecstasy. It is like I’m being sent ideas after ideas, it comes like sea waves. It is so spontaneous that I am wondering myself “Oh how beautiful it is I wish I can remember...
Name the composers...

Name the composers…

Can you name the composers? [Courtesy of: http://i.imgur.com/bZZMZ.jpg and http://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/14mga3/this_is_my_handdrawn_wall_of_composers_can_you/]
Review: Alissa Firsova & The Cavaleri String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall PLG Concert

Review: Alissa Firsova & The Cavaleri String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall PLG Concert

The latest concert from the Park Lane Group Young Artists series at the Wigmore Hall last night, featuring Alissa Firsova and the Cavaleri String Quartet, was of an exceptional standard. Opening with Beethoven’s Serioso string quartet and his last piano sonata, the first half of the concert was of an intensity that made the Rachmaninov Corelli Variations and Brahms...
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 how the effects of these...
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