“Modern music and songs are so institutionalised that you don’t realise it.”
— Bob Dylan, songwriter, musician, lyricist, Nobel Prize
Excerpted from The Guardian interview
On the appeal of songs from the pre-rock age
“These songs are some of the most heartbreaking stuff ever put on record and I wanted to do them justice. Now that I have lived them and lived through them, I understand them better. They take you out of that mainstream grind, where you’re trapped between differences which might seem different but are essentially the same. Modern music and songs are so institutionalised that you don’t realise it. These songs are cold and clear-sighted, there is a direct realism in them, faith in ordinary life, just like in early rock’n’roll.”
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.
Today is Toscanini’s 150th birthday! Below, his recording of the…
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WIENIAWSKI KWARTET – G. Bacewicz String Quartet No4 Prt 1
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 L325 guitar and case.
Avalon L325 guitar top and side.
Avalon L325 figured rosewood back.
Avalon L325 figured side. Sides are bookmatched.
B Band magnet and condenser mic pickup.
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Guest Post from Daniel Nistico, The Resourceful Guitarist! – http://wp.me/pZVzv-ZZ
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…
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 […]
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 […]