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Why I Love Classical Music

30 Aug 2021 1 minute read 8 comments Agnes Laurens

Since a young age, I am in fond of classical music. I started to play the cello at the age of six, and one year later, I exchanged the cello for the violin. I also sang in a choir and played in a lot of orchestras. Not only that, but I also even have...

Noveletten für Celesta: VI. Wirbelwind-Kaprice [Philip Daniel; 2020]

24 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

          Sixth in a set of virtuosic "novelettes" for solo celesta. In this "whirlwind caprice", pellucid sections of toccata-like filigree frame a far more austere fugue the subject of which derives from motifs hidden within the preceding virtuoso...

Noveletten für Celesta: V. Kleine Tanzszene [Philip Daniel; 2020]

21 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

        Fifth in a set of virtuosic "novelettes" for solo celesta. As the title suggests, this "little dance scene" juxtaposes various contrasting dancelike strands in a web of passionate counterpoint. These melodic fragments increasingly abut one a...

Noveletten für Celesta: IV. Das Traumbild der Spieldosen [Philip Daniel; 2020]

20 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

        Fourth in a set of virtuosic "novelettes" for solo celesta. Though the title translates to "the dream-image of the music box," this work is not programmatic per se, except insofar as its textures, sonorities, and harmonies invoke the faded m...

Noveletten für Celesta: III. Canzone istriana [Philip Daniel; 2020]

19 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

        Third in a set of virtuosic "novelettes" for solo celesta. A languorous song without words, interposing more lyrical passages with freer recitative-like "stanzas", steadily building in intensity and passion to a cryptic conclusion. Though in...

Noveletten für Celesta: II. Urwald-Phantasie [Philip Daniel; 2020]

18 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

        Second in a set of virtuosic "novelettes" for solo celesta. The title, "Urwald-Phantasie", translates to "Primeval Forest Fantasy", hinting at the kaleidoscopic, florid textures and colors that predominate throughout. A very brief tranquil p...

Noveletten für Celesta: I. Toccata carillonica [Philip Daniel; 2020]

17 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

          First in a set of virtuosic "novelettes" for solo celesta. A sectional toccata, this evokes, alongside the clang of bells (hence the "carillonica" in the title), the quasi-improvisational idiom of the (17th-18th century) "stylus phantastic...

Seltsame Epigramme für zwei Glasharmoniken: IX. "Dies ist ein Lied für dich allein ... " [Philip Daniel; 2020]

16 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

          Ninth in a series of deeply intimate "strange epigrams" for two glass armonicas, exploiting the ethereal qualities of this instrument. Inspired loosely by Stefan George's poem "Dies ist ein Lied für dich allein" ("This is a song for you al...

Seltsame Epigramme für zwei Glasharmoniken: VIII. Das klagende Saraband [Philip Daniel; 2020]

15 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

          Eighth in a series of deeply intimate "strange epigrams" for two glass armonicas, exploiting the ethereal qualities of this instrument. The third dance movement in a row, this is a "plaintive Saraband" featuring an expressive, gestural mel...

Seltsame Epigramme für zwei Glasharmoniken: VII. Bourrée [Philip Daniel; 2020]

14 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

          Seventh in a series of deeply intimate "strange epigrams" for two glass armonicas, exploiting the ethereal qualities of this instrument. Another dance, this time a vivacious, relentless, even clamorous Bourrée in characteristic alla breve...