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08 April 2007 @ 02:01 pm
Amazing and beautiful article from the Washington Post. Take a few minutes to read it. I promise you won't regret it.

X-Posted in a few places.
09 March 2007 @ 03:35 pm

E’lif Linx (Sergey Sergeev) after a debut on Dars records in compilations "Slavosonic" with a track " Ice cream " has returned with a high-grade album. In this work the musician uses acoustic tools, such as:  guitar, piano,  violin, cello and other orchestral tools. A range of the music is wide: from melow, beautiful melodies up to "malicious" pseudo-symphonies (“antisymphonies” as names it the author).


Key:  electroacoustic, acoustic, piano, guitar, antisymphonies, violin, orchestral, easy listening, instrumental.

Free mp3

Melody: E’lif Linx,
05 March 2007 @ 09:25 pm
Hi Everyone,

I am currently doing a finishing my Business degree...One of the units that I have to do this semester requires that I somehow change the way a music store operates. Seeing as everyone here would be familiar with music stores, their likes and dislikes of these...Does anyone have an opinion as to how the music stores we have now can be improved. Either, their outward apprearance, the products they sell, whether or not they should be selling items not currently available.

I would be very interested in hearing your opinion. I am only new to this site...so if you can come to my LJ, and post an answer...or email me...whatever is easiest, then I would most greatly appreciate any of your views on this topic.

04 March 2007 @ 06:21 pm
Open-ended survey, responses are greatly appreciated:

If you could ask only two questions to an orchestral conductor, what would they be?
Staff Number: West Virginia
Genre: chipperchipper
Melody: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in Em
02 February 2007 @ 01:12 pm
Would anyone be willing to email me an mp3 of the Brahms Academic Overture? I JUST had the disk here yesterday and have no clue where it's gotten to; in the meantime, I'm supposed to be getting it ready for an audition.

Thanks very much in advance if you can help!
05 January 2007 @ 01:03 pm
It has often been said that the guitar is the most difficult instrument to write for. With this in mind, I have set up a new community, where composers and arrangers, be they guitarists or non-guitarists, can come to ask questions and give answers on any aspect of of any version of the guitar. It is here: guitar_writing. The reason I am posting this plug to this community is being I think the guitar can be a very effective orchestral instrument, and because a lot of the members of ths community will surely be interested in orchestration; and a guitar may very well be part of their score.

I do hope something productive will come of this.

13 December 2006 @ 01:11 pm
This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time:

Pachelbel's Rant

X-posted to a bunch of music communities.
08 December 2006 @ 03:12 pm
If Richard Strauss' Till Eulenspeigel doesn't get your heart pounding, check your pulse. You may be dead.
07 December 2006 @ 02:25 pm
So this community's been kinda quiet recently, so let's have a debate.

Who's the greatest living composer and why?

My vote goes for John Adams. Here's why:

-Adams truly created his own style, borrowing bits and pieces from minimalism, post-romanticism, and jazz.
-He seems to be leading the charge away from serialism (which I thought went entirely too far... too much math and not enough emotion).
-I like the fact that his operas deal with events that occurred within the last 100 years (Nixon in China rocks!)
-His pieces are incredibly fun to listen to (check out Short Ride in a Fast Machine or Gnarly Buttons and you'll see what I mean).

What do y'all think?
05 December 2006 @ 03:27 pm
If you had your choice, based on the orchestral part and its difficulty, which would you prefer learning: Liszt piano concerto no.1 in Eb major, or Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue?
16 November 2006 @ 01:25 pm
Radio Classic Russia – first digital and single commercial Classical radiostation in Russia

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Radio Classic Russia signal is Free To Air now!!!

Welcome to our site - http://www.rcrmusic.net

Radio Classic Russia (RCR) is a channel that presents a wide range of classical music of all genres and styles, from ancient to contemporary, and from classical to light music. The range of musical compositions on air spans five centuries, from the 16th to the 20th, and this musical collection permits, apart from music of the Classical period itself, film music, parts of musicals, operettas, original symphonic arrangements and arrangements of the classics, as well as compositions based on national musical traditions. The RCR discography includes over 40,000 compositions from 200 worldwide recording companies, and the list of performers includes over 500 ensembles and 1500 world famous soloists and conductors.
26 October 2006 @ 06:02 pm
Is anyone else having a terrible time in their college orchestra? I'm a first year senior, and really, it's just gone downhill! Rehearsal ALWAYS go over 20 minutes at least, and the repetoire this year is just painful, real atonal and hard. None of the good stuff. Plus, we get insulted by our conductor on a daily basis, and he spits when he's conducting so the front row gets a good shower. YUCK! It's just an overall horrible experience.
11 October 2006 @ 07:21 am
I saw a billboard today for the movie 'Saw III' which had the tag line 'This time he's pulling out all the stops!'. It occurred to me that the English language is littered with phrases and saying which come from the world of music.

'Pulling out all the stops' means 'trying your very best' and comes from the way pipe organs have stops which control the air flow and pulling them out increases the volume.

Another that came to me was 'as fit as a fiddle' which means very fit and well. To find it's origin I consulted www.phrases.org.uk which tells me that:

'Of course the fiddle here is the colloquial name for violin. Fit didn't originally mean healthy and energetic, in the sense it is often used nowadays for the inhabitants of gyms. When this phrase was coined fit was used to mean 'suitable, seemly', in the way we now might say 'fit for purpose'.

Thomas Dekker, in 'The batchelars banquet', 1603 referred to 'as fine as a fiddle':

"Then comes downe mistresse Nurse as fine as a farthing fiddle, in her petticoate and kertle."

Not long afterwards, in 1616, there's W. Haughton's 'English-men for my Money', which includes:

"This is excellent ynfayth [in faith], as fit as a fiddle."

So, can anyone else think of other phrases we use which come from the world of music? It'd be interesting to see how many we can come up with!

27 September 2006 @ 08:42 am
You know political correctness has gone too far when a Mozart opera gets cancelled for fear of offending people. This simply disgusts me. I don't know what else to say.

X-posted to a couple of places.
14 September 2006 @ 10:23 am
Well, Monday evening was our first Sinfonia rehearsal after the summer break. We're playing the Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius in our next concert. I usually buy myself a recording of the piece we're doing so I can practice at home with it, listening to it through my headphones. It also enables me to get a better idea of the architecture of the piece - the shape of the different movements and so on.

As usual we had some new faces this time - a few students from Leeds College of Music turned up, including a viola player. He was sat next to me (we tend to play 'musical chairs' in the viola section, the Principal Viola moving us round for each concert) and his name was Tom. He introduced himself by saying 'You'll have to bear with me, I'm still learning the clef', which indicated to me that he was probably a violinist who had decided to take up the viola and add another 'string to his bow' as the saying goes! (for those who don't know, violas music is generally written using a 'C Clef' or 'Alto Clef', whereas violins only play in the 'G Clef'.)

Nevertheless he managed okay, in spite of there being some quite fiddly chromatic bits in the viola part.
Next week we start rehearsing the other symphony in the concert, Schubert's Fifth (which actually sounds alot like Mozart!)

Paul x
Genre: peacefulpeaceful
Melody: Sibelius - Symphony No 5
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We have a Tour in the Works for Our Albums Soft Non Retail Release This November where we will hit Key Markets in the North East, and we will have a Full National Tour in February of 2007 in support of the Actual US release. The tour will include a 5 day stop at SXSW in Austin Texas.

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21 August 2006 @ 09:35 am
Anyone here like Bartok? I love his 'Music for Strings Percussion & Celeste' - I studied it at college when I was about 18.
In November I'm going to a performance of it by the Halle Orchestra in Leeds. I can't wait - it's such an awesome piece! Has anyone here played it before?

If you're interested in music analysis, there's a good article on it at http://www.solomonsmusic.net/diss7.htm
Genre: awakeawake
17 August 2006 @ 04:16 pm
Just to say 'Hi' from a new member. My name is Paul and I'm a violist from Yorkshire in the UK. I'm 37 and play in a local amatuer orchestra called the Sinfonia of Leeds [www.sinfoniaofleeds.org.uk]. We do around four concerts a year. I've been playing viola since I was 12 and recently found my Associated Board Grade 8 certificate from summer 1988 (makes me feel old!).
I love orchestral playing as I much prefer ensemble playing to solo stuff. I'm looking forward to making contact with other orchestra lovers!

15 August 2006 @ 07:55 pm
Do any of you know any good musician jokes?
Here's one to begin with: What's the difference between a dead skunk in the road and a crushed viola in the road?
Skid marks before the skunk
Btw, I love all you violists out there!!!
Melody: pocahontas soundtrack
04 August 2006 @ 11:29 pm
Hi everyone! I just quit a dead music community, and I hope I found a good one to replace it. My name is Lyndsey, I'm a 15 year old violinist from Michigan. I started playing 6 years ago, and since then, I have won 2 music scholarships and competed state-wide. I'm the first chair of my high school orchestra, and I've recently started playing with a local adult symphony. I'm the leader of a quintet, but I'm having a really hard time making this quintet successful. Being a teenager, and having a group of teenagers playing music, it's hard to get everyone committed to the group. I need suggestions to make our group more well known, because I think that we really have talent. We've been playing proffessionally in various places throughout our community, but we're having a hard time getting farther. Any advice?

Thanks, I hope to talk to you soon!