Monthly Archives: November 2011


Videos on Polish History

This is a good video to provide further background to the discussion of Polish history and Karol Szymanowski’s career in … Continue reading

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1926, vol. 4: Enescu, Szymanowski, Hindemith

One of the many, many important artists working in Paris during the ’20s was the great Romanian musician George Enescu.  … Continue reading

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Creating AYICM: Programming the Shows

Once I’ve narrowed my works lists down to those pieces of which I can find critically acclaimed recordings, I program … Continue reading

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Field of Dreams as an Opera Plot

All right, stay with me, because I’m going to get out there a ways with some free association. In thinking … Continue reading

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Creating AYICM: A Piano Fugue as Theme Music

In the ongoing effort to create better and better podcasts, I’ve decided to start including some interlude music in-between the … Continue reading

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Creating AYICM: Reading Music Criticism

So many more composers were active in any given year than just the famous ones.  It didn’t take me long … Continue reading

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Creating AYICM: Compiling the Works List

I started by thinking I had plenty of music in my own collection to program these shows.  They’d be a … Continue reading

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Creating AYICM: Choosing a Year from Each Era

Choosing a year to feature from a given era is largely arbitrary.  I might look for a year when a … Continue reading

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Creating AYICM: Six Eras of Musical Style

To create the A Year in Classical Music shows, I begin by dividing music history into six stylistic eras: before … Continue reading

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1926, vol. 3: Prokofiev, Mosolov, Schoenberg, Toch

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, like so many other great artists at the time, called Paris home in 1926.  The previous … Continue reading

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