Salon97 Digest, 28 August 2011

The Longest Serving Orchestra Musician? by Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc Sixty-four years. WOW, people. For Liszt, experimentation was a form of greatness. by Anthony Tommasini, NY Times Liszt was completely amazing, both as a performer and a composer. But you knew that, right? What did Beethoven hear when he composed music? by Deb Anderson, The Age An interesting interpretation of the meaning behind Beethoven’s life and works. A beginner’s guide to contemporary classical music. by

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This Week’s Trivia: J.S. Bach

This week’s trivia SMS informed that J.S. Bach was imprisoned in 1717. What could he possibly have done wrong? Oh, he just got a new job, that’s all. His soon-to-be-former employer, the Duke of Weimar wanted nothing of it and tossed Bach in the slammer. Bach made good use of the time, however–he spent the month imprisoned working on Book One of the Well-tempered Clavier. Here’s a segment of Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1, No. 2

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Salon97 Digest, 7 August 2011

Should phones be turned on at classical concerts? by Kevin Berger, LA Times Some say yes, some say no. The yay-sayers want to be able to learn more on what their seeing and hearing instantly. The nay-sayers want the usual concert experience unchanged. Latin musicians sue over the GRAMMYs by Ben Sisario, NY Times The Recording Academy dropped a bunch of categories this year and people are angry. And now, a law suit. Drama! Will

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This Week’s Trivia: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This week’s self esteem-busting trivia text message chronicled the fact that Mozart wrote over 30 symphonies between the age of 8 and 19. Crazy talk, right? Right. Another fun fact. His birth name was super long! Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Yup. Below is an excerpt from Mozart’s Symphony No. 1, written at the age of 8. To receive our free weekly trivia text messages, add your information to the red box in the right

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