Random Monday
15 Jun 2009
Horndog - Bruce Hembd
Back from a 2-week break.
  • Sad musicians
    At Expressing the inexpressible blogger Max Levinson asks, "why are orchestra musicians so very, very, very unhappy?"

    As a solo pianist his perspective is an interesting read. It offers a different perspective for a ensemble musician who sits in a large group. Since I blog on that topic here quite a bit, I gave a shot at addressing the issue in his comments section.
  • The cost of a college degree
    An op-ed article at The Chronicle of Higher Education wonders if academia is experiencing a bubble that is about to burst. As costs rise for a college degree, students from lower income families may get left behind.
    With tuitions, fees, and room and board at dozens of colleges now reaching $50,000 a year, the ability to sustain private higher education for all but the very well-heeled is questionable. According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, over the past 25 years, average college tuition and fees have risen by 440 percent — more than four times the rate of inflation and almost twice the rate of medical care. Patrick M. Callan, the center's president, has warned that low-income students will find college unaffordable.
  • Traits of great players
    David Thomas over at The Buzzing Reed offers some deliciously superb food-for-thought in "Five Traits of Great Players."
  • Dry humor
    From Robert Levine at Abu Bratsche:
    It's truly remarkable how often in the Mahler 8th I have to play inaudibly, even when the dynamic is mf or greater. I find myself having to remember to play forte in the rare passages where there are no singers. Just how many thousands of children did he have in his childrens chorus, I wonder?

    It takes a lot of kids to out-shout 12 horns, or however many there are back there (as a violist, my numbering system is "1,2,3,...many.")

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Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Barber: Concerto for Piano, Op. 38
Brahms: Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Op. 21 no 1
Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2
Schoenberg: Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19
Kirchner: Pieces (5)
Bartók: Out of Doors, Sz 81/BB 89
Bartók: Romanian Folkdances (6), Sz 56/BB 68
Bartók: Sonata for Piano, Sz 80/BB 88
Bartók: Rondos (3) on Slovak folktunes for Piano, Sz 84/BB 92
Bartók: Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49/BB 63
Bartók: Mikrokosmos, Sz 107/BB 105: Book 6
Bartók: Dance Suite for Piano, Sz 77/BB 86
Ravel: Concerto for Piano in G major
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight"
Dvorak: Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130
Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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