Holy Minimalism

Vol: 220 | 15 Mar 2019

Voyage to the infinite with “Holy minimalists”,
discern Berlioz’s trick on music critics,
and did the freezing winter wreak havoc
on your instruments?

Song as the
Great Leveler
Interview with
Choir With No Name
Musicians and Artists
Fauré and
John Singer Sargent
Bohemian and
Other Rhapsodies
By Liszt, Brahms
and Dvořák
Tongyeong International
Music Festival

First established in 2002, the event was a concept derived from Tongyeong Contemporary Music Festival. Located at southern coastal region of the country, the festival is gradually transforming the small Korean fishing town into a culturally rich city that embraces world music and contributes to world’s cultural exchange...
Date: March 29 to April 7, 2019
Country: Korea
What's New
Hector Berlioz Plays a Trick
on Music Critics
Holy Minimalism
Hector Berlioz was particularly fond of poking fun at so-called musical critics who had neither the education nor the natural ability to pass judgment on a composition. Of course, he had been mercilessly criticized for "his strange composition consisting of nothing but noise, disorder, a sickly and sterile exaltation"...
Minimalism, a musical style which developed in the US in 1960s, was a revolt against the all-pervasive atonality and fashionable “crazy creepy music” (Philip Glass) of the avant-garde, which, in its myriad forms and sub-genres, had dominated classical music since the early part of the twentieth century...
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When the Winter Wreaks Havoc
on Your Instrument (and You!)
Brahms and His Late Piano Works
Intermezzi Op.117
Just this week, as I practiced Five Pieces for String Quartet by Erwin Schulhoff, I looked down onto my cello and to my horror, there was a crack and it wasn’t because I had dropped it! The crack, an old one in the ribs, had opened up due to the exceedingly dry climate here during winter...
When Brahms sent this set of Intermezzi to Clara Schumann, she claimed, “in these pieces I at last feel musical life stir once again in my soul”. Perfused with melancholy and grief, these three Intermezzi were regarded as “three lullabies for my sorrows” by the composer...
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My music Video Forgotten records

Saxophone Concerto
in E-Flat Major

String Quartet Op. 127
(Orion String Quartet)

Piano Concerto No. 2
in C Minor

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