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Musical Musings is a blog about my thoughts and impressions of musicians, composers and music. It deals with classical music mostly. In every post there is a link to a performance of the music being discussed.

Owner: Alan_Beggerow

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Language: English

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  • Schubert - String Quintet in C Major D. 956
    on Mar 8, 2016 in schubert
    Schubert's String Quintet In C Major adds a second cello to a standard string quartet setting instead of a second viola as Mozart and Beethoven did in their string quintets. No one knows why Schubert chose an extra cello for his quintet, but the resu...
  • Debussy - Piano Trio In G Major
    on Feb 24, 2016 in debussy
    Most classical music lovers who have ever heard the name Nadezhda von Meck know it from her relationship with Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer. She gave Tchaikovsky financial support  so he could devote himself to composition. with an agr...
  • Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 3 In C Minor, Opus 60 'Werther'
    on Feb 18, 2016 in brahms
    In 1853 when Johannes Brahms was 19, he made a concert tour as accompanist to the violinist Eduard Reményi. On the tour he met Franz Liszt (where tradition has it that he fell asleep while Liszt played the piano) and Joseph Joachim, violinist and co...
  • Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Nos. 7-12The etudes of Chopin and other piano composers of the 19th century owe a great deal to J.S. Bach, for the 48 preludes and fugues of The Well Tempered Clavier are in many ways models for them. Bach's works are not only meant to instruct (as are etudes...
  • Arensky - String Quartet No. 2 In A Minor, Op. 35
    on Dec 29, 2015 in arensky
    The music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky came to be a tremendous influence on Russian composers, but that wasn't always the case. Many of the more nationalistic composers within Russia regarded Tchaikovsky as too westernized in his compositional aesthetic. But...
  • Herzogenberg - Piano Quintet In C Major, Opus 17
    on Dec 29, 2015 in herzogenberg
    Heinrich von Herzogenberg's first major musical influence was Robert Schumann, but he soon became a disciple of the New Music of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. When Herzogenberg undertook a thorough study of the music of J.S. Bach, his musical aesth...
  • Schubert - Piano Trio No. 2 In E-flat Major D.929
    on Dec 28, 2015 in schubert
    The list of works that were published in Franz Schubert's lifetime ran to about 100 opus numbers, with most of them being lieder. it wasn't until many years after his death in 1828 that the full compass of his compositions became clear. When the Aust...
  • Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Nos. 1-6
    on Nov 20, 2015 in js bach well tempered clavier
    In the world of art and artists, The Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach occupies a lofty position of influence.  The work consists of two volumes, each containing 24 preludes and fugues written in all the major and minor keys.  ...
  • Haydn - Piano Trio In G Major, No. 39 'Gypsy' Hob.XV:25
    on Nov 2, 2015 in haydn
    Near the end of  Haydn's second trip to London in 1795, he composed three piano trios. Piano Trio No. 39 In G Major was the 2nd one of this set which was dedicated to Rebecca Schroeter, a widow that lived in London. Haydn had met her on his firs...
  • Beethoven - String Quartet No. 5 In A Major, Opus 18, No. 5The beginnings of the string quartet, a standard ensemble in classical music that consists of two violins, viola, and cello, are difficult to determine. Some musicologists think the genre originated with the trio sonata of the Baroque era. Despite be...
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