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“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

― C.S. Lewis
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Live music feeds us in different ways. When we make music with our own hands and our own breath, something nourishing happens. Experienced live — at home or at school, in a park or bar or concert hall or hospital room — harmonies elevate us and rhythms get into our bones in ways that can’t be replicated digitally.

When I sing a Mozart aria buoyed by a cushion of live orchestral sound, or listen to a kids’ chorus read through a gospel tune for the first time, I feel alive to what’s best in myself and in others.

I’m all for the occasional moment of subway iPod ear-bud escapism, but I also need live listening, collaboration and performance.

Camille Zamora at the Huffington Post (via rachellebutler)

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from The Orchestra and Its Instruments, 1917.


Royal Albert Hall

Photos: Markus Weidmann

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Maurice Ravel | Pièce en forme de Habanera (1909)

Jascha Heifetz, violin
Milton Kaye, piano

[Odilon Redon, Ophelia]

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Glenn Gould,
Bach: French Suites


Johann Sebastian Bach - French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV813 - 4. Air

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My music is trying to tell me something..

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Four Madrigals for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, H. 266

III. Poco allegretto

Jana Brozková, oboe | Ludmilla Peterková, clarinet
Jaroslav Kubita, bassoon

Good morning, tumblr.

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String Quartet Nº 3, Op. 41 Nº 3
III. Adagio molto

Eroica Quartet

Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals: everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a street lamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.

- Nabokov

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Arthur Foote
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 38
IV. Finale: Allegro giusto

James Barbagallo
Da Vinci String Quartet

The Bostonian composer and organist Arthur Foote (1853-1937), companion to fellow New England luminaries Amy Beach and Edward MacDowell, was well-known in the American musical life of his time but has been largely forgotten since. He is particularly admired for his chamber music, which has been compared favorably to that of Dvorak. Foote, Harvard-educated, was of that generation of 19th century American composers which nurtured continental idioms before the beginnings of an American school after the turn of the century. He contributed several texts on music theory and composition, and was on this side of the Atlantic an important advocate for both Brahms and Wagner.  

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