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Toscanini’s annotations

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 25, 2017

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Critics, scholars, and performers have long noted that Arturo Toscanini’s reputation for absolute fidelity to the printed score was little more than a public relations myth.

Now that the legendary conductor’s annotated scores are available for study, three types of alterations can be observed: (1) modifications of dynamics, articulation, bowing, phrasing, and tempo; (2) orchestrational adjustments; and (3) the introduction of new material.

The combination of Toscanini’s Italian musical heritage and Wagnerian aesthetic convinced him that the highest service that a conductor could render was to impose certain types of musical changes whenever he sensed that a composer’s artistic conception was threatened. In his mind, there was neither egotism nor hypocrisy in this approach.

This according to “Toscanini and the myth of textual fidelity” by Linda B. Fairtile (Journal of theConductorsGuild XXVI/1–2 [2003] 49–60).

Today is Toscanini’s 150th birthday! Below, his recording of the…

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NIGEL KENNEDY, Violinist – A. VIVALDI, The FOUR SEASONS

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 24, 2017

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Composers from Poland

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 24, 2017

WIENIAWSKI KWARTET – G. Bacewicz String Quartet No4 Prt 1

Avalon L325 acoustic guitar

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 22, 2017

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The time has come to part with the musical instrument, software etc that I haven’t used in a long while.

My Ireland built Avalon L325 Legacy Premier that I purchased new from the Cheltenham Acoustic Guitar show has been out of its case less than a dozen times and so falls into that category. The instrument is a beautiful one and although I loved it at the show, I thought it too expensive to play regularly or put on a stand when I got it back home. It has a Hiscox case and all of the paperwork that originally came with it. It was built in the original Avalon factory in Newtownards, Ireland.

Enough writing. Here are the pictures:

avalon and case Avalon L325 guitar and case.

avalon only Avalon L325 guitar top and side.

full avalon back Avalon L325 figured rosewood back.

avalon side figuring Avalon L325 figured side. Sides are bookmatched.

avalon soundhole B Band magnet and condenser mic pickup.

avalon mark Only…

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R.I.P. – CHUCK BERRY

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 19, 2017

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Arvo Part – Fratres For Cello And Piano

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Audio: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9: 4. Largo

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 19, 2017

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Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony.

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Saxophone Concert

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 17, 2017

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Amadeus

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 15, 2017

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Shared from WordPress

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 13, 2017

Guest Post from Daniel Nistico, The Resourceful Guitarist! – http://wp.me/pZVzv-ZZ

Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – One Day I’ll Fly Away

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 12, 2017

Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber. Here’s Your New Documentary Called “Absolute Beauty”

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 10, 2017

Samuel Barber, one of America’s most celebrated composers, was born on this day (April 9) in 1910. The young filmmaker H. Paul Moon has made a full-length documentary about Barber that will be released later this month. “I went out on a limb with this project, self-distributing, keeping it independent, making sure I got things right…

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Written in the Stars – Elton John, Leann Rimes

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 10, 2017
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Schubert Fantasie in F minor – Lucas & Arthur Jussen

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 9, 2017

 

 

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Mindy McCready – The Human Touch

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 8, 2017

The human touch. A Poem by Coyote Poetry The easiest gift to give is concern, time and to listen. In a world of fast pace and little time. We must slow down and show the people we love and need them. The human touch. People can get lost and feel they are […]

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Composing and Gender Equality

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 8, 2017

Earlier this week Susanna Eastburn, chief executive of Sound and Music, wrote an article expressing by March 2020, ‘at least 50% of the composers we work with will identify as women.’ This is a major step for gender equality in music and composing. The also article talks about gender equality and the ‘drop out’ rate of […]

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British pianist Martin James Bartlett tops list of competitors in 2017 Van Cliburn Competition

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 7, 2017

Top of the list of competitors is twenty-year-old British pianist Martin James Bartlett. Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Martin now studies at the Royal College of Music. FORT WORTH, Texas, March 7, 2017—The Cliburn announces today the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano […]

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Josef Suk – Fantasticke scherzo

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 7, 2017

My friend Christopher Russell conducted this piece with the OCSA Symphony Orchestra the other night. Wonderful music.

via Audio: Josef Suk: ‘Fantasticke scherzo’ — classical life

Composing video game music to build suspense, part 1: ominous ambience

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 6, 2017

Video game composer Winifred Phillips shares expert strategies from her GDC 2017 talk, Homefront to God of War: Using Music to Build Suspense. Part 1: Ominous Ambience, with discussion of adrenaline, eerie sound design, & David Lynch. The 1st of a 5-part series.

via Composing video game music to build suspense, part 1: ominous ambience — Composer Winifred Phillips

Recording the electric guitar

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 6, 2017

I think that I may have solved my problem of recording my electric guitar. I tried using the Peavey Vypyr 75 (mentioned in the previous post) as an audio interface today but found it a little too muddy without much fiddling and adjusting of the presets. I then tried using Native Instruments Guitar Rig in […]

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