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7-03-2015, 03:15
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Joseph-Maurice Ravel Ravel in 1925(7 March 1875 – 28 December 1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, masterful orchestration, richly evocative harmonies and inventive instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. Much of his piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music is part of the standard concert repertoire.

Ravel's piano compositions, such as Jeux d'eau, Miroirs, Le tombeau de Couperin and Gaspard de la nuit, demand considerable virtuosity from the performer, and his mastery of orchestration is particularly evident in such works as Rapsodie espagnole, Daphnis et Chloé and his arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Ravel is best known for his orchestral work Boléro (1928), which he once described as "a piece for orchestra without music".

According to SACEM, as recently as 2009 Ravel has been on the list of the top 20 artists whose works have generated the most royalties abroad...

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26-08-2014, 14:01
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Claudia Klinkenberg born in 1964 in Bonn, is a collector of keyboard instruments, pianist and harpsichordist based in South-west Germany.

As a musician, she confidently moves between many different styles; her musical and emotional range is far-reaching.

In her programs, she combines ancient music, classical, world music, jazz and pop.

 

She has performed in Bonn, Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz-Museum), Karlsruhe (ZKM, Tollhaus, multiple times on the European Cultural Days festival), Münster (Westphalian State Museum), in the city of Bach Köthen (the famous Spiegelsaal, or Hall of Mirrors), Munich (BMW World), Milan, Paris (Festival of St. Cloud), Vienna (Bösendorfer Hall), Los Angeles, in a number of cities in India and in many other cities in Germany and around the world...

 

 

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12-08-2014, 10:38
Category: News

Chopin`s Pianinos and the Discovery of Their Secrets

On May 3, 2014, after the end of the Szymanowska Conference in Paris, I took a trip outside of Paris to the workshop of harpsichord maker and collector of Pleyel pianos, Oliver Fadini. I went with the renowned Chopin specialist, Prof. Halina Goldberg of Indiana University.  Our tour was arranged by Fadini's friend, music journalist at Radio France, Gilles Bencimon, a fervent lover of Chopin's music and the sound of historical pianos and pianinos...

 

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13-04-2014, 12:54
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One hundred and seventy-seven years ago,  on March 31, 1837, an unusual concert took place in Paris, pitting the pianistic skills of the two leading virtuosos of the time, Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg. The contest was adjudged a draw.

Thalberg was a fine pianist according to contemporaries Mendelssohn, Hallé and Clara Schumann; even Chopin said that he ‘played excellently.’ There were inflammatory remarks in the press, rival concerts in the Conservatoire (Thalberg) and the Opéra  (Liszt) in March 1837 and this pianistic duel was the culmination.

Posterity has however heavily favored Liszt, with Thalberg a mere footnote in Romantic piano literature. If you’ll forgive the pun, it was a “Battle of the HANDS,” a digital confrontation of the two leading virtuoso pianists of the day, Thalberg and Liszt.

The concert took place at the Salon of the Princess Cristina Belgiojoso-Trivulzio, an Italian noblewoman who played a prominent part in Italy’s struggle for independence. She is also notable as a writer and journalist. She scored the social coup of the season at her Parisian salon close to the Madeleine. Ostensibly, it was the culmination of a three-day charity fundraiser in aid of Italian political refugees, but it REALLY was the artistic equivalent of a prize fight—the fists in question pummelling the piano keyboard.  Belgiojoso’s judgment was, “Thalberg is the greatest pianist, but there is only one Liszt.”...

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29-03-2014, 11:52
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Dieterich Buxtehude  ; (c. 1637/39 – 9 May 1707) was a Danish-German organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church services. He composed in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, Buxtehude is considered one of the most important composers in Germany of the mid-Baroque.

 

 

He is thought to have been born with the name Diderich Buxtehude. Scholars dispute both the year and country of his birth, although most now accept that he was born in 1637 in Helsingborg, Skåne, at the time part of Denmark (but now part of Sweden). His obituary stated that "he recognized Denmark as his native country, whence he came to our region; he lived about 70 years". Others, however, claim that he was born at Oldesloe in the Duchy of Holstein, which at that time was a part of the Danish Monarchy (but is now in Germany). Later in his life he Germanized his name and began signing documents Dieterich Buxtehude. Buxtehude was exposed to the organ at a young age, as his father, Johannes Buxtehude, was the organist at St. Olai church in Helsingør. Dieterich was employed as an organist, first in Helsingborg (1657–1658), and then at Helsingør (1660–1668). St. Mary’s in Helsingør is the only church where Buxtehude was employed that still has the organ in its original location...

 

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