This is one of very few romantic works written for the viola. I am preparing it again for my upcoming recital in May. The recording I am linking too is impressive for it’s lyricism, but unfortunately I believe the artist made some poor choices by creating a vertical feeling in the section of sixths at [...]
Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire is a bizarre piece. Because of this bizarreness, it’s actually quite hilarious to listen too. The sprechstimme technique that Schoenberg pioneered in this work adds to this quality. Most people who listen to the work for the first time (listeners who haven’t been around classical circles for long) contort their faces in [...]
I have mentioned before that IMSLP is wonderful database where all of the scores I post up here come from (they are just distilled into the important rep). Unfortunately as they rely on users to upload what they have there are some fairly serious holes. Because of this, I am abstaining from posting any of [...]
In the Sunday edition of the New York Times’ Arts & Leisure section, Matthew Gurewitsch wrote and unbelievably horrible pseudo-science article on music psychology called Concerto In the Key Of Rx Retardation. Now the principal issue with this article is that it takes simple properties of music (and one misguided music producer) and blows the [...]
The Brahms Viola Sonatas were transcribed from clarinet after insistence from the publisher and most likely Brahms was looking for some extra money. What resulted was probably the first full-fledged sonata form for the instrument, and they are both a mainstay in viola repertoire. A really terrific historical (and formal) analysis of the work is [...]
The Paganini Caprices are some of the most played solo works in violin repertoire. This is in part because they are studied by every violinist and their mother (even some violists). Jascha Heifitz has an incredibly famous rendition of No. 24. Too all the violinists out there, have fun!
No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 [...]
This work, unfortunately has no score, just the parts. This piece isn’t played very often, so any performers would be likely to find something unusual on closer examination & reading.
I guess you could call this impressionistic Wednesday. Click beneath the fold for two standard pieces!
An Analysis of Bartok’s Free Variations from Mikrokosmos Volume VI [...]
I’ve been having a busy semester with auditions for grad school and what not, and now I just got my top two wisdom teeth out (Long story short, I got the bottoms out when I had surgery for an impacted canine). So don’t expect too much over the next few days as I OD myself [...]