Music themed artwork by Angharad Prys Templeman

Music themed Artwork by Angharad Prys Templeman.

A series of Artwork inspired by classical composers, their lives and history.

Layers of different paper, fine fabrics and acrylic paint, certain areas are enhanced with drawing and stitching. 

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How stunning are these!!!

http://www.angharadtempleman.co.uk/art/

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Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Concerto in B flat major Op.22

Jan Ladislav Dussek : Piano Concerto in B flat major Op.22.

 

Andreas Staier Fortepiano
Concerto Koln

Here is a composer whose works I have never heard before. Dussek  (February 12, 1760 – March 20, 1812) was a Czech virtusoso pianist and composer whose works although were written in the Classical period have romantic elements.

Here’s some excerpts from the Wikipedia entry on Dussek:

The vast majority of Dussek’s music involves the piano or harp in some way. He wrote 35 sonatas for piano and 11 for piano duet, as well as numerous other works for both configurations. His chamber music output includes 65 violin sonatas, 24 piano (or harp) trios, and a variety of works for harp, harp or piano, or harp and piano. Some sonatas had trio parts added by J. B. Cramer. Orchestral works were limited to concertos, including 16 for piano (one of them had lost and two of them are remained dubious attribution), six for harp (three of them lost), and one for two pianos. He wrote a modest number of vocal works, include 12 songs, a cantata, a mass, and one opera, The Captive of Spilberg. His compositions also included arrangements of other works, especially opera overtures, for piano.

Dussek was a predecessor of the Romantic composers for piano, especially ChopinSchumann and Mendelssohn.  Many of his works are strikingly at odds with the prevailing late Classical style of other composers of the time. However, despite his departure from the mainstream idiom of contemporaries like Haydn and Mozart, Dussek’s stylistic influence over later composers was limited since his works remained highly obscure and largely unknown outside England. The evolution of style found in Dussek’s piano writing suggests he pursued an independent line of development, one that anticipated but did not influence early Romanticism.

Along with Clementi, Dussek may have been a source of stylistic inspiration and influence for Beethoven, whose expansion upon the idiomatic innovations of the London school led to their rapid penumbration with the appearance of Beethoven’s own keyboard works.[45] Stylistic, melodic, dynamic and even structural similarities have been observed, for instance, between Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 10, No. 3 and Dussek’s Sonatas Opus 31, No. 2 and Opus 35, No. 2. Similarly, the opening of Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 10, No. 1 quotes directly Dussek’s Sonata Opus 39, No. 3 (see image).

 

It is also possible that Dussek’s influence can be seen in Beethoven’s famous Sonata Opus 81a, les Adieux: “both the program and the realization owed a great deal to Dussek’s The Farewell, Opus 44. 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Ladislav_Dussek

 

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Sergei Rachmaninoff – old recordings and film clips

Sergei Rachmaninoff -old recordings and film clips

 

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873 – 1943) is one of greatest Russian composers
This is the most complete collection of his video clips.
The recording of Rachmaninoff’s voice is also included.

Сергей Васильевич РАХМАНИНОВ (1873 – 1943) – один из величайших русских композиторов.
Здесь представлена наиболее полная коллекция видеороликов.
Запись голоса Рахманинова также использована.

Composers Illustrated- tumblr blog of drawings of classical composers

Composers Illustrated- tumblr blog of drawings of classical composers

I’ve just come across this tumblr blog of classical composer drawings.

Here is Frederic Chopin drawn by Gustaw Gwozdecki :

Frédéric Chopin by Gustaw Gwozdecki

http://composersillustrated.tumblr.com/post/50173221278/fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric-chopin-by-gustaw-gwozdecki

Archive here:

http://composersillustrated.tumblr.com/archive#_=_

Debussy (1862-1918)

Great post on Claude Debussy’s life and work.Featured Image -- 2128

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“Music is the silence between the notes.” – Claude Debussy

Debussy is one of my musical heroes, and I’ve been looking forward to writing about him ever since I started this blog. His music made a huge impact on me when I first started listening more intently to classical music, and it was a desire to play his Clair de lune that finally provided me with the push to reacquaint myself with the piano after far too many years of neglect. It’s a ravishing piece of music, and one of astonishing technical perfection; you couldn’t disturb a single note of Debussy’s score without losing something. It’s an attribute I would say is typical of his work; he builds his music in layers, with thousands of subtle brushstrokes, yet never daubs the paint on too thick. And that’s really saying something, given the abstract nature of Debussy’s music. Many of his compositions bear descriptive titles (Clair de lune being the…

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Robert Schumann Piano Concerto, period performance

Robert Schumann Piano Concerto, period performance

One of my favourites by Robert Schumann! Here it is played on period instruments.

Tonight I was lucky to see this played by the Irish pianist Finghin Collins. He is an amazing talent- one of the best pianists I have ever seen. He plays with such feeling, really lives the music! He conducted the orchestra from the piano- the relationship between him and the orchestra was a wonder to behold ...it was very special. Such magic is hard to put into words.

Here is his website:

http://www.finghincollins.com/

More on Robert Schumann and this concerto:

https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Piano_Concerto_%28Schumann%29

History Hunt: Barbara Strozzi

Interesting post about a female 17th century composer.It is great to see how she succeeded in a male dominated profession!

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This week on History Hunt, we’re back four hundred years in history to meet another composer whose popularity is beginning to take off again–even if we don’t know all that much about her.

Barbara Strozzi was born in 1619 in Venice, Italy, a city built upon the water!

Italy Italy, home of Barbara Strozzi.

We’re not completely sure of her birthdate–we only know she was baptised on August 6. She also was called Barbara Valle at this point in her life; she didn’t start using the name “Barbara Strozzi” until later.

Strozzi was adopted, growing up in the family of Isabella Garzoni, who was a servant, and Giulio Strozzi, a poet (who may or may not have been her birth father). She learned from one of the greatest composers in the new genre of opera, Francesco Cavalli and was so successful at her lessons, she had her first (but not last!)…

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