Tag Archives: To celebrate to commemorate

From Ukraine to the UL

Over lockdown one of our more unusual acquisitions was a collection of manuscript music by the Ukrainian composer, Stefania Turkewich-Lukianovych. Stefania lived an extraordinary, music-filled life, growing up in Lviv, in what was then Galicia. Born in 1898, at the … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate : George Crumb

The death was announced on February 6th of the influential American composer, George Crumb. Crumb is one of those composers that I have heard of, and I’ve catalogued plenty of his music, but not listened to his work in any … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: South with Shackleton

The latest mini exhibition in the Anderson Room celebrates the centenary of the death of the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton, with music inspired by Shackleton and his expeditions to Antarctica. There’s a surprising amount of music, and books about … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Better late than never, we are catching up with marking the centenary of Saint-Saëns’ death in 1921 (I always forget how far into the twentieth century he lived). He will forever be remembered for the Carnaval des animaux and especially … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Pauline Viardot at 200

As for Mme Viardot, her performance is worthy of a study by itself. Her gifts are so complete and so varied, they touch on so many aspects of music and combine such fine technique with irresistible spontaneity, that they inspire … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Hugh Wood (1932 – 2021)

“He was never blessed with self-confidence – and it makes his music so good. He gave it so much care and attention. He embraced life in all its dimensions – physical, mental and intellectual.” Thus writes Professor Edward Venn in … Continue reading

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To Celebrate, to commemorate: Thurston Dart 1921 – 1971

“Music…has no enemy save ignorance”. Thus ends Thurston Dart’s seminal book The Interpretation of Music published way back in 1954 by Hutchinson [M606.d.95.1]. And it was this “ignorance”, particularly in performance practice and editorial methods which Dart strove throughout his life … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Dennis Brain

Dennis Brain, perhaps the greatest horn player of the 20thcentury, would have celebrated his 100th birthday back in May. Sadly and tragically, he died in a car accident on 1st September 1957 at the age of only 36 travelling back … Continue reading

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Singing from the heart: Mario Lanza 1921 – 1959

Star of the 1951 MGM film The Great Caruso, Mario Lanza was perhaps, the first “superstar” of stage and screen. Renowned for his extraordinary tenor voice (described by Toscanini as “the voice of the century”) and classic good looks, he … Continue reading

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Beethoven 250: a rare interview with the master

  As the Beethoven 250 year draws to a close, we here at MusiCB3 agreed that one final posting was in order. We had hoped to be able to assemble at least one physical exhibition and a number of other … Continue reading

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