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Satie’s double parody

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http://feedproxy.google.com - How often do we come across a double parody in music, one that satirizes two entirely different composers? That is precisely what we get in Satie’s two-minute Edriophthalma, the second movement of the oddly-named triptych Embryons desséchés (desiccated embryos). Purportedly describing different forms of seafood, the three short movements are on one hand typical examples of Satie’s […]
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Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the effect of physicality

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http://feedproxy.google.com - Many of our most beloved works are experienced by listeners and musicians on emotional and mental levels. The two are not in the least contradictory, and we can admire one work for its moving melodiousness and another for its architectural qualities. How often, though, are we physically enthralled by a work of music? Are there […]
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Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the “three periods” fallacy

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http://feedproxy.google.com - Many composers are viewed through the lens of their creative periods, but none more so than Beethoven. The concept of his “three periods” has become an inescapable paradigm for musicians and listeners alike, so much so that whenever we hear a work by Beethoven, we rush, even if subconsciously, to assign a period label to […]
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William Kinderman: Beethoven’s thirteenth Diabelli variation

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http://feedproxy.google.com - The comic Vivace that forms the thirteenth of the 33 variations exploits contrasts of rhythm, dynamics, and register. The initial dotted figure energizes the thrust to the downbeat, reflecting but intensifying the model of Diabelli’s waltz, as Beethoven employs full-voiced A-minor chords in place of the lighter sonorities of the waltz. While so reformulating Diabelli’s […]
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Haydn’s two-page sonata in C major: Not masterful but remarkable

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http://feedproxy.google.com - Few things can be more thrilling than going through a volume of Haydn sonatas. You open a random page and find a masterpiece that you can’t imagine not having known before. Although Haydn has distinct characteristics that appear in many of his works, each sonata has something unique to offer. This week, however, I want […]
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