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Composers of Ecuador

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Ma Sicong – Symphony No. 2

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 21, 2017

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Published on May 26, 2012

Symphony No. 2 (1958-59)

I. Allegro agitato –
II. Adagio maestoso –
III. Allegro

The second symphony of Chinese composer and violinist Ma Sicong (1912-1987), whose name is sometimes also rendered as Ma Sitzon. A native of Heifeng in Guangdong province, Ma became one of the first of his compatriots to become a professional violinist when he followed his older brother’s example and traveled to France at the age of eleven to study music at the conservatories of Nancy and Paris. His skill as a violinist and composer of violin music became legendary and he was known in China as the “King of the Violinists”. After the People’s Republic of China was established, Ma became the director of the China Central Conservatory of Music. In 1958, he served on the jury of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (that was Van Cliburn’s annus mirabilis). However, when the Cultural Revolution broke out in 1966, Ma and his colleagues at the conservatory fell into disfavour for teaching and playing Western-style classical music; they were all rounded up and sent to a reeducation camp, and their families were harassed by authorities. In 1967, Ma and his family managed to escape to Hong Kong, after which they settled in the United States permanently. Ma remained in exile for the rest of his life.

Ma’s Second Symphony was composed in 1958-59, and ostensibly, it takes as its subject the struggles of the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army. The composer claimed that there is a connection between his music and the poem “Loushan Pass” by Mao Zedong; however, the music can be also interpreted abstractly rather than programmatically. The vigorous first movement makes use of the Phrygian mode and it is in a fairly traditional sonata form. The second theme is derived from “Tian Xin Shun”, a folk song from north Shaanxi. After reaching a climactic moment of great intensity, the music transitions smoothly into the slow, sombre second movement, which bears some resemblance to a funeral march; it is an expression of mourning for fallen comrades-in-arms. However, the battle theme soon emerges again as the Army returns to the fray. The third and final movement is jubilant and lively, as the Army celebrates its victory. At one point the soldiers begin dancing the yangge, a popular rural folk-dance. In the end, a grand coda introduces a new heroic march theme that brings the work to a close.

Conductor: Cao Peng
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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Latin American Guitar Music

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 5, 2017

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Harmonic Analysis – Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde, Act I

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 20, 2017

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WAGNER – Tristan und Isolde – Prelude and Liebestod (Georg Solti – Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Isaac Albéniz – Cantos de España Op. 232 (1898)

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IMSLP Composer Page

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 4, 2017

In order to allow my music to be played and enjoyed, I am happy to announce that I have begun to share some of my compositions on IMSLP. The first piece I’ve uploaded is Percussion Quartet No. 1, Jungle Path. This piece was premiered back in March, 2015 as part of an LA Composers Collective […]

via IMSLP Composer Page — Danielle Rosaria, violinist

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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 […]

via Composing and Gender Equality — Young Composers Project

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Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

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

 

East Windies Players begin 2017 by embarking on 20th Century music with Carl Nielsen’s famous Wind Quintet Op 43. Here is some generic info about Nielsen (for starters): Carl Nielsen age 14, 16th Battalion, Odense Denmark’s most prominent composer (orchestral and chamber music) Works are organized by CNW (Carl Nielsen Works) numbers Generally […]

via Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) — East Windies Quintet

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Nineteenth Century History: 1820-1830 {Composers of the Romantic Period}

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

The Romantic Period, a time in history where composers wished to reduce their listeners to tears and melt their hearts, ran from around 1825 to 1900. To be honest, this was a tough week for me to plan. I am so very unmusical, so my go-to option for planning a week based on composers is […]

via Nineteenth Century History: 1820-1830 {Composers of the Romantic Period} — angelicscalliwags

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Women classical composers – the January edition

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

Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music. And that’s a shame.

via Women classical composers – the January edition — WangDangADingADingADong

Joep Franssens – Harmony of the Spheres

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 13, 2016

David Wise – 7 of the Game Composer’s Grooviest Compositions — Professional Moron

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 12, 2016

A bit of culture today as we look at David Wise’s genius compositions – the legendary British composer has gifted some of Nintendo’s best games with stunning ambience. His most famous work is for the SNES Donkey Kong County Trilogy, but he’s also worked on performed on many other projects, including modern mobile games such […]

via David Wise: 7 of the Game Composer’s Grooviest Compositions — Professional Moron

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SCORE EXCHANGE – For Composers

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Tilia Daughter — Glorialana’s Blog

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 30, 2016

Hello God! Thank You for the beautiful Tilia tree I am sitting under when the words are flowing from my head. Today is the last day of June and I invite you to celebrate this day with wonderful music and paintings. I love the name “Tilia” – it sounds so musical as a tender violin’s […]

via Tilia Daughter — Glorialana’s Blog

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Beethoven – Overture to Egmont – by Classical Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 29, 2016

A very young Sergiu Celibidache conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in 1950 in the ruins of the old Philharmonie.

via Video: Beethoven: Overture to ‘Egmont’ — Classical Life

Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F major

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 28, 2016

Tristan Murail (*1947) – Territoires de l’oubli (1977)

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Hugo Alfvén – Svensk Rapsodi nr 1, Op.19 – Midsommarvaka

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Advice for Young Composers

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on April 20, 2016

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THOMAS NEWMAN – THE BEST OF THOMAS NEWMAN

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