Glenn Gould Score
"Music is so easy! Get a REAL major!"
Musician sex appeal
Shostakovich enjoying his free time
Manuscript pages from Frédéric Chopin’s piano works in the composer’s hand:
- Notes and doodles by the composer (perhaps for his Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la Mano”). The doodle is apparently of Mozart and some sort of monument.
- Opening measures to Etude Op. 10, No. 3. Notice the original Vivace ma non troppo tempo indication.
- Opening to the Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23.
- Section from the Nocturne in Db Major, Op. 27, No. 2.
- Section from Prelude in Bb Minor, Op. 28, No. 16
- Final measures of Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38.
- Possibly an autograph by the composer using measures from the Polonaise in Ab Major, Op. 53.
- Opening to the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58.
- Page from Waltz in Db Major, Op. 64, No. 1 (“Minute Waltz”).
- Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 68, No. 4 - the composer’s final composition.
Dmitri Shostakovich with daughter Galina, 1945
Today is Chopin’s 204th birthday. I don’t care, but I feel obligated to post. Happy Birthday… I guess.
The Big B Disappoints
Listening to Beethoven’s Fantasia for piano, chorus and orchestra for the first time and it’s a CATASTROPHIC LET DOWN/BUMMER/ACTUALLY DECENT. This is not Beethoven, I did not sign up for this. Where is the anger/passion? Where is the brow sweat inducing piano part? And what the hell is up with this tame orchestral part? What is up with the chorus only singing for one measly movement and subpar at that? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?
Listen to this utter disappointment and be disappointed with me.
Pièces pittoresques (1880)
(img: Alfred Sisley)
The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial.
Leonard Bernstein (via leadingtone)