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Archive for February 10, 2014

Exploring Music: Shostakovich

Shostakovich in 1919

Weeknights at 7:00 PM When Bill McGlaughlin turned his sites on Dmitri Shostakovich, it didn’t take much consideration to determine he’d need two weeks. Putting aside the enormity of this Russian’s best-known works, like the Fifth and the Tenth Symphonies, it was the composer’s ambition to compose in every genre possible from show tunes to more…

Schubert’s Vacation and a Masterpiece

Leaping Trout by Winslow Homer

The story goes like this: Schubert and his friend, baritone Johann Vogl decided to beat the Summer heat and take a mountain holiday. Vogl had grown up in the Alpine town of Steyr, and was sure he could find lodgings there. Indeed he did; the 22-year-old Schubert wrote “there are eight girls living in the home, nearly all of them pretty.”