August 1, 2016 2 Comments
Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964) is an American composer, professor, and has also been the conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
To The Sailors
( A love affair with music)
July 31, 2016 1 Comment
QUATRE FLUIDES for Clarinet & String orchestra
July 28, 2016 2 Comments
Julie Rivé-King was an American composer pianist and composer (Wikipedia) who died on this date in 1937. Her parents fled Louisiana after a cholera epidemic took three of their children. They moved to Cincinnati where Julie was born in 1954. Her parents took her to Europe where she studied with Franz Liszt. Back in America she toured extensively, married her manager, and became a composer and teacher. The piece below is a cute little march, dating from 1879, when she was 24.
March of the Goblins
July 26, 2016 1 Comment
Ada Gentile is an Italian pianist and composer (Wikipedia). She was educated at the St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, where she later became deputy director. As I’ve written before, St. Cecilia church is where Respighi was music master. It sits atop the ruins of an ancient Roman necropolis and house.
Adagios for String Orchestra (1993-4)
July 25, 2016 1 Comment
Melinda Kistétényi (1926-1996) (Wikipedia) was a famed Hungarian organist and composer. However, I can’t find a performance of Youtube of any work of hers on which she is the original composer. There are many works, though, of her performing and what makes her a composer, according to one site I found, was her ability to improvise. The first piece below, “A keresztfához megyek”, in an improvisation on a church song, that seems to translate to “I’m going to the wooden cross.” Following that is an improvisation on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
“A keresztfához megyek…”