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In 1958 a young American pianist entered the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. The competition was designed to showcase Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War. It ...
by Steven Payne
Comment Count 86 comments on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM PST with 125 Recommends
In a world of politics and politicking-- about never-ending Republican obstructionism, bridge hijinx, spying, drone warfare, relentless police brutality or the increasing stratification of mankind ...
by shanikka
Comment Count 67 comments on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 03:31 PM PST with 106 Recommends
Welcome to Komposers for Kossacks. This is my attempt to share my love for classical music, talk about it with Kossacks who know more than I do about the subject, and maybe even introduce a few new ...
by droogie6655321
Comment Count 237 comments on Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 11:52 AM PDT with 100 Recommends
There is an organization here in Austin called Texas Parent to Parent . From their website: "Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to ...
by coquiero
Comment Count 66 comments on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 09:40 AM PST with 96 Recommends
         -- from the lyrics of the Ode to ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 68 comments on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM PST with 76 Recommends
"Our riches, being in our brains, die with us...unless of course someone chops off our head, in which case, we won't need them anyway."-W. A. Mozart Mozart as Goth music. Check ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 80 comments on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 07:22 PM PDT with 74 Recommends
A famous painting, /The Incidence at Teplitz/. The man on the left, bowing to the Austrian Emperor's family, is the poet ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 115 comments on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM PST with 69 Recommends
Frank Zappa was a rock musician... AND a classical composer. He was also somewhere in-between a lot of the time. Funny. Researching Zappa for this diary, his name kept popping up in lists of ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 136 comments on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM PDT with 68 Recommends
No Vaughan Williams tonight. This diary will indeed be a memorial to Van Cliburn, an American pianist who might have had a wonderful career had celebrity and the Cold War not found him exactly at ...
by Dave in Northridge
Comment Count 42 comments on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 04:39 PM PST with 63 Recommends
/Sunrise, as seen from the International Space Station. h/t NASA/ Some weeks back, when I needed to manufacture a quick, lazy ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 127 comments on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 08:26 PM PDT with 62 Recommends
On the right, we have a famous painting of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. My first thought when seeing that ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 96 comments on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 08:14 PM PDT with 59 Recommends
Where to begin? To understand The Planets is to explore Gustav Holst--his character, his life, and his influences. The Planets is Holst's best known and best loved work. And as ...
by zenbassoon
Comment Count 80 comments on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 08:40 PM PST with 54 Recommends
For this recipe, you will need: 1 precisely-tuned concert grand piano 1 Daniel Barenboim (The first two ingredients may be substituted with any Barenboim recording that includes Beethoven/...
by ruleoflaw
Comment Count 38 comments on Sat Apr 25, 2015 at 07:11 PM PDT with 53 Recommends
Greetings, music lovers! Dumbo has kindly lent me an installment of this great series to use any which way I like, so... Is music capable of bringing us to ecstasy ? ... I don't mean just the ...
by pico
Comment Count 76 comments on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM PST with 50 Recommends
If I've put off covering Beethoven's Fifth for more than a year, it's not because it's not great music or because it's difficult to ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 115 comments on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 08:43 PM PDT with 50 Recommends
Entartete Kunst . Literally, Degenerate Art, a term invented by the Nazis to describe literally all modern art, and especially modern art by Jews. Like this song by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 74 comments on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 06:27 PM PDT with 48 Recommends
Ah! The children of the night! What beautiful music they make! [Spoken in my scariest Bela Lugosi voice.] Oh, does that scare you too much? Imagine Gary Oldman's voice, then. Sadly for ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 77 comments on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 05:40 PM PST with 48 Recommends
Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones -- the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically. ~ Rabindranath ...
by belinda ridgewood
Comment Count 76 comments on Tue Dec 16, 2014 at 05:00 PM PST with 47 Recommends
In 1939, as Spain was still embroiled in the closing days of the Spanish Civil War, and as the rest of Europe prepared for its own spree of mass murders, the blind Joaquin Rodrigo, exiled in Paris, ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 62 comments on Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
Today on Komposers for Kossacks, we're going for Baroque with "the Red Priest," Antonio Vivaldi. Komposers for Kossacks is a whenever-I-feel-like-it-published look at some of classical music's ...
by droogie6655321
Comment Count 106 comments on Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 08:17 AM PDT with 46 Recommends