Liang Wang, oboe; Giora Schmidt, violin; Lily Francis, viola; Felix Fan, cello

I’m sure I’ve put this up before, but it’s worth more attention!

Today is Heinz Holliger’s 75th birthday. From what I read, this was performed just two months ago. Will I be playing when I’m 75? Hmm. Doubtful!

27. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Birthdays!

I should probably post something “happier” at some point, but seeing Abbado conduct and hearing this incredible movement … I just had to post.

19. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Birthdays!

Here he is, conducting Rameau’s motet In convertendo

Jean=Philippe Rameau
Motet In Convertendo
Soloists: Sophie Daneman, Olga Pitarch, Jeffrey Thompson, Nicolas Riveno
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie, conducotr

… even though I’d not heard of you before!
(Wikipedia entry)

This is the German Brass (2009 posting)

(March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959)

31. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Birthdays!

(& actually 3, as I just learned François Devienne was born in 1759)

Happy Birthday, Franz Schubert! Thank you for your music. Happy Birthday, Franz Schubert! Thank you for your music. Happy Birthday, Franz Schubert! Thank you for your music. Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday. Franz. Franz. Franz. Franz. Thank you for your music. Thank you. Franz Schubert! Thank you. Franz Schubert! Thank you. Franz Schubert! Thank you. Franz Schubert! Birthday. Birthday. Birthday. Birthday. Birthday. Thank you for your music. Music. Birthday. Music. Birthday. Music. Birthday. Thank you.

Oh … and happy birthday to Philip Glass too.

27. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Birthdays!, MozartMusicMatters™

The Piano Quintet

Piano and Winds K.452 Marianna Shirinyan, Rachel Bullen, John Kruse, Etienne Boudreault, Joke Wijma at the 13th Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival 2011 www.eicmf.dk EICMF is unique in Denmark as it invites artists to collaborate in new constellations, form new relationships, establish a foundation for exchange and annually act as a host for an international community of artists.

Finale from the Grand Partita

Performed at International Chamber Music Festival in Salon-de-Provence (France)

(Posted EST since that’s where he resides and since Sunday is, for me, a music only blog day.)

The composer was born December 11, 1908 … he’s 103. According to Wikipedia “He has been extremely productive in his later years, publishing more than 40 works between the ages of 90 and 100, and over 14 more since he turned 100 in 2008.”

What will you be doing between the ages of 90 and 100? If I’m still alive I will not be making reeds. I promise.

Part I

Part II

Part III

“I don’t feel that I have something I want to say in any ordinary way. I feel that in some submerged way there are many different things I would like to say but I don’t know what they are until I’ve gotten started.”

(Interesting. I like that! I’m reading a book of fiction right now about music and it’s so clearly agenda driven. I wonder — if the author had started out with the intention of just telling a story rather than trying to push his agenda perhaps the book might have been a bit better. Who knows?)

“… I’ve always loved so many kinds of music. Bach and Beethoven and Guillaume de Machaut and my music is somehow a thank you note to all that.”

“I hope I didn’t talk too much. I always talk to much.”