Exploring Music's Complexities

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Stravinsky’s Road to Minimalism

The Road to Minimalism in Music

The Genius or Madness of Alexander Scriabin

Alexander Scriabin Ever hear of Alexander Scriabin? Don’t have a clue? Despite the fact many critics consider Alexander Scriabin, a Russian composer and pianist, to be one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers, it’s not surprising. “It is doubtful whether more than a tiny percentage of his audience, then or… Read More ›

Operas and Musicals

What are the Differences Between and Opera and a Musical? In Western culture, there is nothing quite like an opera. By definition, an “opera is an extended dramatic composition in which all parts are sung to instrumental accompaniment that usually includes arias, choruses, and recitations and occasionally ballet (1)” Operas may be comic or grand. … Read More ›

Do Orchestras Need Conductors?

Are Conductors a Necessary Evil? If the conductor disappeared from Center Stage would the musicians be able to manage on their own? Does he (or she) contribute something extra to a performance or just act as a combination of timekeeper and showman? There is general agreement that the conductor’s job is to provide the most… Read More ›

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