Category Great Music

Drop the Needle / Telemann Canonic Sonata

Here’s a little something I’ve been playing around with: Telemann’s Canonic Sonata No. 1, movement 3. A duet, both parts played by me. Many thanks to Mike Forbes for doing these transcriptions. Available on the Tuba-Euphonium Press website.

Today in Music / August 20

On this day in 1882, the world heard the first performance of Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture, in Moscow. It was commissioned by Tsar Alexander II for performance at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The music is a retelling of the invasion of Napoleon’s French Allied Army into Russia. The Overture’s score calls for the firing of […]

Commissioning Project: Build Your Own Repertoire

Just over a year ago, when PCB was still just a gleam in my eye, I had an idea. It stemmed from my desire to really advance the brass quintet in its micro-genre and in the macro-genre of chamber music. What I noticed about other groups in the chamber music world was that composers were […]

What Music Looks Like / Bach Contrapunctus 9

My brass quintet, Phoenix Chamber Brass, is working on music for our upcoming season, and we’ve decided to do several parts of “The Art of Fugue,” including this one. So I found this the other day and thought it was really interesting to see the sheet music, the performer, and an abstract visual representation of […]

What Music Looks Like / African Suite

Heard this on NPR the other day and found it enchanting. Andrew York’s Mbira (from the African Suite) played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Today in Music / July 17

On a beautiful evening in 1717 (it just happened to be 7/17/1717!), King George I of England sailed down the River Thames on the royal barge with several close friends. They were serenaded by fifty musicians (on another barge), who premiered George Frideric Handel’s Water Music, a collection of orchestral movements. The king was said […]

Today in Music / July 16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384) was performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on this day in 1782. Although the Emperor Joseph II may (or may not) have pronounced the music had “too many notes,” the opera was a huge success and continues to be frequently […]

What Music Looks Like / Sergio Carolino

Listening to this guy, Sergio Carolino, is a study in versatility. He manages to find himself in every realm of music. And he does it all great. Sergio really is a model for relevancy, innovation, and sustainability in our musical world today. You can keep up with Mr. SC here on FaceBook or here on Twitter.

What Music Looks Like / The Typwriter

Because sometimes we just need a little fun. The piece is called “The Typewriter,” and it’s by Leroy Anderson, who wrote pops orchestral pieces (“short, light concert pieces” according to Wikipedia). It’s performed by the Spanish ensemble Voces para la Paz[JC2] .

Today in Music / July 6

In 1957 John Lennon and Paul McCartney are introduced for the first time at a concert of John’s skiffle band, the Quarrymen, in a suburb of Liverpool. A songwriting power team is born. They would go on to write twenty-seven number 1 hits. Among others. Do you have a favorite?