Tag Archives: To celebrate to commemorate

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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To celebrate, to commemorate: Stanley Sadie (1930 – 2005)

This year marks what would have been the 90th birthday of the much-missed musician, critic, author and editor Stanley Sadie so we here at MusiCB3 thought we would devote a little post to reflect on his immeasurable contribution to musical … Continue reading

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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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Penderecki : a virtual celebration

Here at MusiCB3, we were saddened to hear of the death last weekend of composer, Krzysztof Penderecki. Born in 1933, Penderecki grew up in Dębica in Southern Poland. After studying in Krakow, at the Jagiellonian University and the Academy of … Continue reading

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