Why Talk? Dec19

Why Talk?

Why do some Conductors feel they must TALK to the Audience? I recently heard a performance of the Schoenberg Theme and Variations for band which was preceded by the conductor describing briefly for the audience that fact that this was a set of variations, after which he proceeded to perform...

Berlioz Symphony for Band Dec07

Berlioz Symphony for...

Click here to purchase the score or listen to a recording of the Berlioz Symphony for Band. Download this essay as a PDF. Thoughts On The Berlioz Symphony For Band Dr. David Whitwell When one requests to see the ‘autograph’ score of the great Symphony for Band by Berlioz in the National...

Mozart and Me: Stories of the Supernatural Oct22

Mozart and Me: Stori...

By way of introduction may I say my doctoral dissertation was on the early Mozart Symphonies, I have worked on editorial problems of an urtext edition of Mozart piano sonatas for Universal Editions in Vienna, I have co-authored articles on Mozart compositions in the leading European journals,...

On the Difficulty of Staying Awake Oct21

On the Difficulty of...

We have all seen audience members sleeping during musical performances. Classical music, in particular, can be very soothing after a hard day’s work, a large dinner and a little wine. One can sympathize (as long as it is not one of our concerts!). But have you seen performers fall asleep...