4.5 Ways to Explore Bach’s Goldberg Variations

For our March event in San Francisco, we held a group viewing of “32 Short Films About Glenn Gould.” The movie is an odd collection of vignettes and is very fitting for such an iconoclastic person. Prior to researching this film and Glenn Gould himself, I’d spent shockingly little time thinking about/listening to Bach’s Goldberg… Continue reading 4.5 Ways to Explore Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Ask Salon97: Classical Music for Rock Fans

Dear Salon97, My dad is really into rock music but doesn’t listen to classical. What piece can I play for him to spark his interest? Sincerely, Out of Rock Dear Out of Rock: I usually recommend loud classical works that are heavy on percussion and brass to people who tend toward rock music (presuming I… Continue reading Ask Salon97: Classical Music for Rock Fans

Happy New Year! Do like the Austrians do and listen to some (J) Strauss.

Hey, Johann Strauss II! That is an *excellent* mustache/beard/overgrowth combo you have going there. Serious hipster action! Welcome to the year 2012, where to this day, peeps rock out to your music at their New Years celebrations. Specifically, people in Austria. More specifically, people reveling at the Vienna Royal Orchestra’s New Year Concert extravaganza. Johann… Continue reading Happy New Year! Do like the Austrians do and listen to some (J) Strauss.

Top 4 Ways You Can Be Studly Like Liszt

Image courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk Top 5 Ways You Can Be Like Franz Liszt, the Ultimate Stud Franz Liszt. Legendary virtuosic pianist. Fabulous composer, despite the current debate over whether his work was any good or not. And oh, how the women swooned. They threw their handkerchiefs at him in appreciation of his talent and physical… Continue reading Top 4 Ways You Can Be Studly Like Liszt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Michael Jackson of the 18th Century

You have likely never considered the similarities between Michael Jackson and Mozart. And given that they were born centuries apart and therefore have completely different musical styles, why *would* you have considered these two virtuosi to be similar? Despite the many years between them, the resemblance between Mozart and Michael Jackson is uncanny. Both were… Continue reading Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Michael Jackson of the 18th Century

Classical Music and Cinema: Mozart and “Trading Places”

Location isn’t usually important in film comedies the way say, Los Angels is vital to dramas like Chinatown or Chicago to action-thrillers like The Fugitive. Comedies trade in laughs and laughs come from people and situations and animals with digestive ailments. Places don’t crack us up. Then why do I never forget that one of… Continue reading Classical Music and Cinema: Mozart and “Trading Places”