A Series of Firsts, Part III: Beethoven

The symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven are perhaps the most often recorded body of music in the history of sound.  A quick search on Amazon reveals over 2,000 different items for purchase, on all sorts of media, analog and digital.  Beethoven’s culminating work in the genre of the symphony, his glorious Ninth, even had an... Continue Reading →

A Ruggedly Vigorous Musical Joke

“Bruckner’s Scherzi are outstanding for their freshness and rugged vigor, and this one is no exception.” Benjamin Korstvedt In most of Bruckner’s Symphonies, the second movement is a slow movement.  Here in the Eighth, he has reversed his normal ordering and made the second movement a Scherzo.  As I alluded to in the previous post,... Continue Reading →

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