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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notesonnotes global is out!

notesonnotes global is out!

notesonnotes global has just been launched, featuring a daily collection of posts drawn from classical music blogs around the world, spanning musicology, interviews, reviews, new classical music and more… Please let me know if you have any suggestions of more blogs you would like follow and any feedback gratefully received. Thanks!    
Classical music websites directory

Classical music websites directory

The beginning of a classical music websites directory with a few of my favourite sites:   Video & music on demand The Space Interesting collection of vidoes, podcasts and digital essays – a ray of clarity in the digital noise! Particularly interesting is Will Self’s digital essay, ‘Kafka’s Wound’ Classical Clips Database of classical music...
Music and the human condition...a quote

Music and the human condition…a quote

If: Monteverdi was the first composer to find musical expression for human passion; and Beethoven, what a terrible struggle it is to be human and to aspire to be godlike; Mozart the kind of music we’d hope to hear in heaven; Bach is the one who bridges the gap. He helps us to hear the...
Bach Marathon Highlight

Bach Marathon Highlight

The Easter Bach Marathon took place yesterday at the Royal Albert Hall with an amazing collaboration marking Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s 70th birthday. Having tuned in throughout the day, a particular highlight was Gardiner’s explanation and analysis of Bach’s Easter Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden which brought the work, its background and the 22-year-old Bach...
Power of the Collective in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Power of the Collective in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which has sparked countless controversies over its conception, composition and performance, is centered on the idea of the power of the collective over the individual; the haunting ritual performed before the sacrifice of a young maiden. Stravinsky’s preoccupation with rite, ritual and myth pervades many of his large-scale theatre works as...
Wagner's funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner's death

Wagner’s funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner’s death

2013: Wagner Year 2013 is the year of both the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth (22nd May) and the 130th anniversary of his death (13th February). Celebrations are taking place around the world to mark his bicentenary, particularly in Leipzig and Bayreuth, and at The Met, Royal Opera House and La Scala. The project ‘From...
Perception of composers: hilarious collection of questions asked in composer interviews

Perception of composers: hilarious collection of questions asked in composer interviews

A hilarious amalgamation of questions that composer Thomas Goss has been asked over the years in interviews, apparently all true… (Start at 0:26)
Indian music infographic

Indian music infographic

An Indian music infographic showing swaras, raags and thaats to be used according to the time of day. Given these specific connections between music, time and everyday life, is perhaps Indian music most similar to our Church music, where particular music and modes are played and used at certain times of day?
Sounds from India

Sounds from India

A small collection of music from my recent trip to India: Musicians at the entrance to Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, singing and playing the Ravanahatha – a Rajasthani folk instrument with a bamboo body, two strings made of metal and horse hair, and a coconut shell covered in a goat’s hide for resonance. The player had extremely...
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/]
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