Music of Color

Vol: 178 | 15 June 2017

Have fun with Gubaidulina’s Musical Toys,
dance in striking costumes in Horse-Power Ballet,
and what are your thoughts on John Cage’s 4’33” ?

Musical Giants of
the 20th Century
Beethoven in China
The Beginnings
Henri Matisse
And the Music
of Color
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
First held in 1948, the event is an annual international music festival dedicated to opera. Taking place each summer in Aix-en-Provence, the house programme also features concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music. History has seen the expansion of festival venues from the courtyard of the former archbishop’s palace to the majestic architecture of the Grand Théâtre de Provence...
Date: July 3 to 22, 2017
Country: France
What's New
Sounds of Silence
thoughts on John Cage’s 4’33”
Scenes from Childhood
Gubaidulina’s Musical Toys
The other day I was talking about John Cage’s infamous work 4’33” with one of my students, while giving the student an overview of music history. When we got to 20th century music, it was the student, not me, who offered Cage’s iconoclastic piece as an example of 20th century music. My student seemed both bemused and confused that a piece of “music” should exist...
Musical Toys is a set of 14 short pieces by the Tatar composer Sofia Gubaidulina, which she herself described as ‘pictorial miniatures’ that she would have liked to play as a child. Though this set is subtitled ‘A Collection of Piano Pieces for Children’, its complex musical language and the unconventional technique required deem it more suitable for advanced students...
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Composers and Their Poets
Edward MacDowell
Music and Art
Carlos Chávez and Diego Rivera
The American composer and pianist Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) was one of the best-known American composers at the turn of the 20th century. He started studying piano early and by age 16, his mother had taken him to the Paris Conservatoire. After 2 years there, he went on to further study in Germany: from Stuttgart to Wiesbaden and finally Frankfurt...
Two of the greatest of Mexico’s artists, composer and pianist Carlos Chávez and painter and muralist Diego Rivera created a ballet on an unlikely subject: Caballos de vapor (Horsepower, or H.P.). The subject however, was close to both artists’ hearts: It was an anti-imperialist ballet about the capitalistic exploitation of Latin America by the US...
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My music Video Forgotten records

Violin Sonata in D Minor

Claude Debussy:


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