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No Vocabulary For Music Today?

Los Angeles New Music Scene May 2014

No Vocabulary For Music Today?

 

Three days of new music concerts, two dozen works—that was the Hear Now Festival of Los Angeles Composers May 2-4 2014. It was scrunched between the LA Philharmonic’s…

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Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s Figaro

Lorenzo Da Ponte’s genius was that while he removed the social taboos and political messages of the Beaumarchais play that offended the royalty, he still pushed right to the edge of morality in nearly every scene of the…

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The Most Important Musical Invention (hint————)

The Most Important Musical Invention

Teaching music, you sometimes confront great mysteries. Once a student innocently asked me to explain the difference between major and minor. Two hours later, still enthusiastically into the explanation, I realized it was hopeless. Once…

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What Is The Most Important Musical Invention?

What do you regard as the most important musical invention? I had an interesting realization that I want to share. But first, I want to know what you think! So how about it?

Would you say harmony? The orchestra? The…

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What It Feels Like To Play In Carnegie Hall

If you ever wondered what it feels like to perform at Carnegie Hall…

first, the sound and energy on the stage are not to be believed. When we played three mighty chords near the end of the first movement of…

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The Modern Era/ Stravinsky and Bartok

Schoenberg’s break with tonality inspired 20th concert composers to further explore the implications of harmonic freedom from a central musical key. 

Igor Stravinsky

Like Schoenberg, Stravinsky’s music also changed dramatically over his career. As Schoenberg first absorbed then mastered the…

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Arnold Schoenberg and Breaking Tonality

This was my outline for the Schoenberg evening from my series THE GREAT MUSICAL DIVIDE

The Great Musical Divide: Romanticism and the Modern Era
Russell Steinberg, Ph.D.

Outline for Evening 4: Breaking Tonality

Arnold Schoenberg—Pierrot Lunaire, Five

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Shostakovich and his Cello Concerto No. 1

Invariably, descriptions and analyses of Shostakovich’s music focus on the composer’s relation to Stalin and the intense political situation of the former Soviet Union. People read different meanings from his music, some critics calling passage triumphant, others sarcastic and ironic…

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The Tempo of Media Evolution—Steve Jobs and Apple Pt. 2

This is a response to the many excellent comments on my last blog post—Steve Jobs and Apple: Creative Muse or Destroyer? 
I particularly address Markus's challenge about whether the way artists adapt to our current software revolution is essentially…

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