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Beethoven the arranger: exploring the countryside

Continuing our celebrations of the Beethoven 250 anniversary, I thought we might take a little look at one of the, perhaps, dustier corners of his output – that of his arrangements of some of his own works (not to be … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: ENSA and CEMA

Here at MusiCB3, we were sorry to hear last week of the death of Dame Vera Lynn, at the grand old age of 103. Lockdown seems to have been a time for old folk doing extraordinary things – the achievements … Continue reading

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Sounds of lockdown

A couple of weeks ago, Margaret was talking about how people seem to fall into two categories when it comes to background music – some who find it helpful to work to and some who need silence. Like Margaret, I … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Gerald Finzi – elegiac radiance

A change of gear this time, I thought, and what better than to explore some of Gerald Finzi’s ‘slow moments’. How does one begin to describe their essence? Imbued in places with a searing introspection, in others with sheer spiritual … Continue reading

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Musical reads

Regular readers of MusiCB3 may remember a post a while back about music for revision. Some people love having music in the background while they work, to some it’s important that it should (or should not) have words. Others find … Continue reading

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A (virtual) evening at the Black Bear

Welcome to all our MusiCB3 followers to this reconstruction of a concert which took place here in Cambridge on Tuesday 18 February 1806, given by members of the Black Bear Music Club, based at the inn of that name off Shoemaker’s Row … Continue reading

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Music for the mind

This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week across the University. As many of you are aware, Cambridge University runs a week every year promoting well-being. There is usually a stunning range of short courses, leisure activities, and tours available; … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Haydn – sublime repose

“As a matter of fact, genius grows younger, not older: as a mind of Haydn’s calibre reaches stages of maturity denied to mortal mortals, it sheds inherited prejudice after prejudice, the so-called heritage of the past; it sheds whatever is … Continue reading

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Songs of the Liberation for VE Day

The Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection (1944-46) consists mainly of books, but also contains a number of French and English songs and music scores, some with striking illustrations. They appear either as individual leaflets or as part of larger compilations, including the lyrics and in some cases notated … Continue reading

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100 years young: MusiCB3 salutes Captain Tom

No-one can possibly have missed the extraordinary, humbling, achievement of Captain (now Colonel) Tom Moore, the centenarian who has set us all an example by raising a truly magnificent £30M for the NHS by walking up and down his garden … Continue reading

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