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Michael Musgrave: Brahmsian Sea Pictures

ThumbnailIt is often observed of Brahms’ songs that they emphasize rounded melody and harmony at the expense of textual nuance. Three ideas lie behind this view: that Brahms’ devotion to folksong as an ideal of self- sufficient melody limits his response to words both rhythmically and in imagery; and that this ideal also tends to an instrumental character that prioritizes musical development over poetic text; and..

Deen Larsen: Another Side of Elly

ThumbnailDeen Larsen’s extraordinary words stop me in my tracks.  My tracks, so often hasty and restless, at first resist the meditative depth of his thoughts, but then, slowing out of curiousity, welcome the provocation.  Thank you, Deen, for...

Emily Ezust: Some Thoughts on the Gentle Art of translating

ThumbnailIt can be disappointing to open an art song recital program and find no translations inside, especially these days when there can be such delightful variety in the languages offered in one concert. Perhaps many North American audience-members will know enough French or Spanish to get the gist of...

Richard Turp: Emerging from a Shadow

ThumbnailThe recent passing of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau set me thinking about not only his overall legacy but more specifically his influence on the present generation of lieder singers. It is difficult to accurately evaluate his legacy partly because his death is so recent and because...

Terence Dawson: Collaborative Piano and the developing Musician


In the context of piano study, the term collaborative pianist could imply that a pianist who plays chamber music avoids discussing or even performing the solo repertoire, thereby delegating them to a secondary role.

 Most certainly, the study of all genres of music is necessary to avoid gaps in a student’s musical development... 

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