S. Prokofiev, Sonata in Re Magg. op. 94

This Sonata was written in Alma Ata during the painful years of the Second World War. Performed for the first time in 1943 by the flutist Charkovsky, “accompanied” on the piano by Sviatoslav Richter, the composer subsequently made a version for violin and piano, in collaboration with David Oistrakh. The piece still represents today an authentic masterpiece of the…

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Esiste una “etica interpretativa”?

di Onorio Zaralli E’ una questione delicata, ma troppo fondamentale per non essere affrontata.Partiamo da una dichiarazione di Arturo Toscanini: a chi gli chiese, un giorno, “Maestro, qual è il suo stile?”, Toscanini rispose “Il mio stile è quello degli autori che dirigo: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven”. Perfetto. Il punto è proprio questo: il musicista ha un dovere “etico”, quello…

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The Magic Flute – Solo Flute Piece by C. Berens

by Michael Lynn During the 19thC, there were 100s, even 1,000s of popular opera arrangements published for the flute. These operas, and their themes were the most popular “classical music” of the day. As soon as an opera became popular, many pieces derived from the operas were available at the local music shops. This type of flute music was…

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The Structure of Music Language

Excerpt from Onorio Zaralli’s book “Playing with the soul” ©2017 In the dictionary, under the term “structure” we read: a ” constructed from several parts” entity, or even, “the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex.” The musical language is seen therefore, as “the set of structural elements placed in relation to each other.”…

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