Picture of the Day

Self-portrait by ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem for French Vogue, 2004.

Sylvie Guillem (French, born 1965) was the top-ranking female dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet from 1984 to 1989, before becoming a principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet in London. She is currently performing contemporary dance as an Associate Artist of London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Happy Birthday Mr Bach!



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Not On Beethoven’s Planet

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Composing for television in the middle of the twentieth century required a different skill set from traditional classical composition. While Beethoven and Brahms were known by name and could compose lengthy works without fear of losing their audiences, a television composer worked anonymously and had to catch the attention of his audience in as few as thirty seconds.  A television composer might employ melody or theatrical effects like heavy percussion, for example. The composers Herschel Burke Gilbert and John Williams dealt with these challenges to varying degrees of success.

Herschel Burke Gilbert’s theme for The Rifleman is a fine composition musically and cinematically. To begin with, the theme reflects a solid understanding of music theory. For example, Gilbert is not afraid of using modulation in order to give the theme greater depth. At the beginning of the opening credits to the fifth season of the western, the theme in B…

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A Dangerous Combination


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Along with the escalating conflict in Ukraine has come artistic squabbling. This past week, the Russians Valergy Gergiev (conductor),  Yuri Bashmet (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano), Vladimir Spivakov (conductor) declared their support for Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea. In response, Ukraine put the kabosh on Bashmet’s and Matsuev’s scheduled performances in the region.

These people are artists. Putin is a politician.

The two should not mix.

More information (en français): http://www.resmusica.com/2014/03/12/80-artistes-russes-soutiennent-la-politique-de-poutine-en-crimee/

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Happy Birthday to Sir Roger Norrington, 80 Years Young Today


Happy Birthday Christa Ludwig!