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Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Late Of North Carolina Symphony, Makes His Way Back From A Stroke

Last summer, back home in Wales after completing his 16-year term in Raleigh, he suffered what turned out to be a three-day stroke that severely impaired the use of his right arm and leg. After a month’s hospitalization and six months of physical therapy, though he can’t hold a baton, he is back working with the Orchestre national de Bretagne, his ensemble in Rennes, France. “The irony of my situation is that I can conduct Beethoven symphonies but I can’t get out of bed. I can’t tie my shoelace...
Tags: Art, Music, Wales, Beethoven, Raleigh, Rennes France, 06.11.21

3D Print 18,000 Famous Sculptures, Statues & Artworks: Rodin’s Thinker, Michelangelo’s David & More

To recent news stories about 3D printed guns, prosthetics, and homes, you can add Scan the World’s push to create “an ecosystem of 3D printable objects of cultural significance.” Items that took the ancients untold hours to sculpt from marble and stone can be reproduced in considerably less time, provided you’ve got the technology and the know-how to use it. Since we last wrote about this free, open source initiative in 2017, Scan the World has added Google Arts and Culture to the many cult...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, Technology, College, China, India, History, World, David, Austria, Vienna, Paris, Beethoven, Rodin, Facebook Twitter

How Beethoven (And The Philadelphia Orchestra) Brought The US And China Together

The idea that the world’s two most powerful countries can simply “decouple” as their strategic competition grows fiercer — a concept promoted by China hawks — doesn’t match reality. In the case of classical music, as Beethoven in Beijing illustrates, the ties that bind our two countries are historically driven and deeply emotional. – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, China, US, Beijing, Beethoven, Philadelphia, 04.13.21

The Black Violinist Who Premiered Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata

“Born in 1778, in Biała Podlaska, Poland, [George Polgreen] Bridgetower started playing the violin at an early age. His father John Frederick Bridgetower (probably of West Indian descent) was a servant of Joseph Haydn’s patron: the Hungarian Prince Esterházy. And the young Bridgetower was tutored by Haydn himself. … Later, Bridgetower went on to give the first public performance of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 (‘Kreutzer’), which the composer originally dedicated to him. T...
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Haydn, Joseph Haydn, Kreutzer, Bridgetower, 04.01.21, Biała Podlaska Poland, George Polgreen, John Frederick Bridgetower, Esterházy, Rudolphe Kreutzer

Big Claims For The Kind Of Art AI Will Make

Miller argues that AI-fueled art gains independence from its algorithmic parents and takes flight in works that bear the hallmarks of creativity and genius and will one day exceed human artists’ wildest imaginative dreams. Miller says he sympathizes with what I’m saying about the power of art coming from the connection with a human artist, plumbing their emotions and consciousness. But I’m being premature. Just wait, he says, computers will one day produce art as transcendent as the works of Be...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Beethoven, Miller, Picasso, 03.31.21

Beethoven Through The Oppression Of An Anniversary Year

Alex Ross: “The most valuable recordings of the Beethoven Year—Igor Levit’s survey of the sonatas and the Quatuor Ébène’s cycle of the quartets—bring out those contrarian tones of wit, weirdness, irony, understatement, frenzy, stasis, and bittersweet release. Having created the single most potent persona in the history of music, Beethoven proceeded to engender another, more elusive self, which was perhaps the truer one.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Alex Ross, Igor Levit, 01.19.21

‘Für Elise” — Igor Levit Says That Piece You Hate From Piano Lessons Is One Of Beethoven’s Finest Works

“It’s just emptiness. How great must a composer be to allow himself to write about nothing?” The pianist has a go at persuading Joshua Barone. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Igor Levit, Joshua Barone, 01.07.21

After A Year Away, Boston Symphony’s Music Director Is Back

Andris Nelsons, who has been in Europe since before the pandemic started, returned to Symphony Hall to record three programs pairing Beethoven symphonies with contemporary music for the BSO’s season of streamed concerts. – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Beethoven, Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony, BSO, Symphony Hall, 01.07.21

How Beethoven Changed Music In The Young United States

From an 1805 concert for the gentry of Charleston featuring the first movement of the First Symphony through the flood of German immigrants in the 1840s, the establishment of orchestras in New York and Boston, and the rise of the Romantic cult of the lone genius, Beethoven’s music was what established both the habit of programming concerts focusing on dead composers’ works and the idea of classical music as an ennobling force with moral value. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Boston, Beethoven, Charleston, 12.16.20, Young United States

Learning To Hear Beethoven

James Wood: “It took me some time to listen properly to Beethoven, to get past the heroic glower of his portrait, the worldwide canonicity. (Surely it didn’t help that our entire generation, like those before us, had to trudge through Für Elise and what we could manage of the Pathétique on the piano. I used to go to sleep to the broken sounds of those pieces, as my brother, five years older, toiled downstairs at his ‘homework’.) It wasn’t till my early twenties that I started listening to the p...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Beethoven, James Wood, Fur Elise, 01.21

An Argument For “Canceling” Beethoven?

“He was the most performed composer in America in 2019-20, with over double the number of performances of Mozart (the second most performed). Being a guaranteed ticket-seller and donor pleaser, he keeps reappearing in concert programmes to the exclusion of other, more diverse composers. In the neo-liberal world, where audiences prefer the familiar, such attitudes to programming are unlikely to change unless there is a mass cultural boycott (i.e. ‘cancelling’) of composers like Beethoven.” – Var...
Tags: Art, Music, America, Beethoven, Mozart, 12.25.20

A Composer With Hearing Loss Says Beethoven’s Music Encodes The Experience Of Being Deaf

Gabriela Lena Frank says that she can tell, from her own experience, some of what the composer was doing as he lost more and more of his hearing. “More pitch distance and difference, and more vibration and resonance, create a recipe for happiness for a hearing-impaired person, trust me. A more dissonant and thick language, with clashing frequencies, also causes more vibration, so the language does get more physically visceral that way, too.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Gabriela Lena Frank, 12.27.20

Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

  Leon Keer’s “In Case of Lost Childhood,” acrylic on hand cut wood panel, is part of the “Nexus Three” online exhibit from Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale. (Photo courtesy of Leon Keer/Brand Library and Art Center)   Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Nov. 26-Dec. 3   EVENTS   Los Angeles Christmas Market: A pop-up shopping experience, opens 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Check website on Covid-19 precautions. Photo with Santa Claus — in a sleigh with non-reflective...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Comedy, Movies, Abc, California, La, Israel, Christmas, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Dance

The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos

Oops, Beethoven scholars: Nannette Streicher “owned her own company — employing her husband, Andreas Streicher, a pianist and teacher, to handle sales, bookkeeping and business correspondence. But many Beethoven scholars, perhaps finding it inconceivable that an 18th-century woman could build a piano, have turned Andreas into the manufacturer and Nannette into his shadowy helpmate.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Andreas, Nannette, 11.06.20, Nannette Streicher, Andreas Streicher

Maynard Solomon, Founder Of Vanguard Records And ‘Psychobiographer’ Of Great Composers, Dead At 90

“A musicologist and record producer best known for influential, lucidly written biographies of Beethoven and Mozart as well as a hotly debated scholarly article on Schubert’s sexuality,” he was, as Donal Henahan once put it in a review, “one of the most persuasive voices on behalf of the perilous intellectual voyage known as psychobiography — or, less kindly, ‘psychobabblography’.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Donal Henahan, 10.08.20, Maynard Solomon Founder Of Vanguard Records

Beethoven Was A Revolutionary. Aren’t We In Revolutionary Times?

There is something incongruous about the attendance of the lavishly dressed, moneyed elite at public concerts of Beethoven symphonies or concertos, given his music’s expression of such a revolutionary, democratic, humanitarian spirit. Such are the ironies that result when the historical specificity of art is denied or forgotten and all that is left is a vague feeling of aesthetic enjoyment. Still, even the pure aesthetic enjoyment is significant. – Dissent
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, 09.25.20, Revolutionary Times

Why The Internet Is Debating “Canceling” Beethoven

A musicologist and a songwriter, stars of Vox’s ‘Switched on Pop’ podcast produced with the New York Philharmonic, have been criticised for their new reading of Beethoven’s Fifth, which argues that white men embraced the work and turned it into a “symbol of their superiority and importance.” – ClassicFM
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Vox, New York Philharmonic, 09.22.20

Uh-Oh! NY Post Is Afraid Beethoven Might Be Canceled

“To woke critics, Beethoven’s music has taken on a new, darker meaning. To musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding, stars of the “Switched on Pop” podcast produced in association with the New York Philharmonic, the Fifth Symphony is a stand-in for everything they don’t like about classical music and Western culture. As far as they’re concerned, it’s time to cancel Ludwig.” – New York Post
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Nate Sloan, Charlie Harding, 09.17.20, New York Philharmonic the Fifth Symphony

The Joys Of Music Reaction Videos

Is it time for, say, Beethoven reaction videos? Because this was the experience of someone hearing “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the first time: “Watching the full gamut of human emotions – gentle contemplation, wistful sadness, wide-gobbed amazement – shimmer across his face, as the song lunges from one operatic movement to the next, is nothing short of wonderful. ‘WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!’ he asks at the end, on the verge of tears.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Audience, 08.28.20

Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Aug. 27-Sept. 3

  Valley Relics Museum in Van Nuys is taking reservations for “An Open Air Museum Experience” this weekend and upcoming dates. The museum houses nostalgia from the San Fernando Valley’s past. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)   Take a chance on new cultural and educational experiences, Aug. 27-Sept. 3   EVENTS   Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board: The non-profit marketing tourism board has launched their “LA Love (heart)” campaign to interest local residents into p...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Politics, Comedy, New York, Movies, Minneapolis, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Dance, Homelessness, Radio

18 fun and whimsical gifts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Gifting to an art connoisseur can feel like a lofty task, especially when considering their eye for taste.Thankfully, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a worthy selection of gifts inspired by the art found in the museum. For its 150th anniversary, The Met has collaborated with some of our favorite brands — including Allbirds, Baggu, and The Sill — to create a unique ...
Tags: Reviews, Art, Gift Guide, Trends, Features, Gifts, Beethoven, Peter Carl Fabergé, David Hockney, Charles, Paul Klee, Captivity, Van Gogh, Monet, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Tiffany

Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley and LA area, July 30-Aug. 6

    Dance instructor Leslie Ferreira teaches how to perform the Cumbia dance style. The online event is part of the Music Center’s summertime Digital Dance DTLA series. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)   Take a chance on new cultural and educational experiences, July 30-Aug. 6.   EVENTS   Drive ‘N Drag: Winners from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and more fan-favorite drag queens entertain, July 31- Aug. 2 (change from previous dates; show times vary). Check website for participating personalit...
Tags: Food, Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Politics, New York, Movies, Congress, La, Restaurants, Nigeria, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago

This video for "Classical Gas" debuted on The Summer Brothers Smothers Show (1968)

From my favorite subreddit, r/ObscureMedia: "Classical Gas - 3000 Years of Art in 3 Minutes." I think I saw some Lascaux cave paintings in there so it really should be "20,000 Years of Art in 3 Minutes." From Mason Williams YouTube page: During the time that CLASSICAL GAS was a hit I was also the head writer for THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR on CBS. I had seen a film titled "GOD IS DOG SPELLED BACKWARDS” at The Encore, an off beat movie house in L.A. The film was a collection of approxima...
Tags: Art, Video, News, Glen Campbell, Beethoven, Cbs, Ucla, Lascaux, 1960s, Dan, Dan McLaughlin, Mason Williams

This video for "Classical Glass" debuted on The Summer Brothers Smothers Show (1968)

From my favorite subreddit, r/ObscureMedia: "Classical Gas - 3000 Years of Art in 3 Minutes." I think I saw some Lascaux cave paintings in there so it really should be "20,000 Years of Art in 3 Minutes." From Mason Williams YouTube page: During the time that CLASSICAL GAS was a hit I was also the head writer for THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR on CBS. I had seen a film titled "GOD IS DOG SPELLED BACKWARDS” at The Encore, an off beat movie house in L.A. The film was a collection of approxima...
Tags: Art, Video, News, Glen Campbell, Beethoven, Cbs, Ucla, Lascaux, 1960s, Dan, Dan McLaughlin, Mason Williams

The Covid-19 Proms Start With A Remote Beethoven Mashup

For the new Beethoven piece, 323 musicians and choir members will perform remotely – and during Proms, most performances will be from years past (though there’s a faint hope some final performances might be live). Proms organizer David Pickard: “This year it is not going to be the Proms as we know them, but the Proms as we need them.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, David Pickard

La Scala Reopens For First Time Since COVID Lockdown

For now, it’s a small-scale relaunch: only 600 audience members in a roughly 2,000-seat house (so social distancing can be maintained) and chamber music rather than full-fledged opera. There will be a total of four programs in July before the traditional summer break; in September, the company will perform Verdi’s Requiem in Milan’s Duomo and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the theater. – France 24
Tags: Art, Music, Milan, France, Beethoven, Verdi, 07.07.20

As America’s Orchestras Remain Closed, In Other Countries They’re Getting Back To Work

From Taiwan to Germany to Spain to Quebec, lockdowns are lifting and orchestras are figuring out ways to make music again. David Patrick Stearns looks into what they’re trying, from Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Beethoven symphony cycle with the (carefully spaced) Orchestre Métropolitain in a largely empty Montreal hall to Prague’s Collegium 1704 performing Baroque music with masks on (even the woodwinds and singers) to an opera in Salzburg where the characters all hate each other so much that they st...
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, America, Spain, Taiwan, Prague, Beethoven, Montreal, Salzburg, Quebec, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain, David Patrick Stearns, 06.20.20

#TakeTwoKnees And The Art Of Transforming Familiar Music In Troubled Times

Anthony McGill, New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist, launched a new mini-genre of musical protest on May 28 when he tweeted a video of himself playing “America the Beautiful,” transposed into a minor key, in honor of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and “the struggle for justice and decency.” David Patrick Stearns surveys some #TakeTwoKnees responses and some similar musical repurposings from earlier years — from Leonard Bernstein’s famous Beethoven 9th at the fallen Berlin Wall to Jimi Hen...
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin Wall, America, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Woodstock, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, David Patrick Stearns, George Floyd Ahmaud Arbery, 06.11.20

BBC Proms Plans For This Summer Finally Settled

Well, mostly settled. “A virtual first night in July will see more than 350 musicians play together in a Beethoven ‘mash-up’ [of the nine symphonies] having each recorded their part from home. … The Royal Albert Hall will be home to live performances in the final fortnight of the season, starting from August 28,” with audience numbers to be determined by the social-distancing guidelines in place at the time. Meanwhile, the BBC will air specially selected archive recordings of previous Proms eac...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Bbc, Beethoven, Albert Hall, 05.28.20

The Composer For Quarantine Consolation — Bach? Beethoven? Brahms? How About Leroy Anderson?

What, the guy who wrote all those pops-concert pieces like The Typewriter, The Syncopated Clock, and Sleigh Ride? Yes, says Anthony Tommasini: “Bach provides solace, Beethoven stirs us with resolve and Brahms probes aching emotional ambiguities. But trust me: Leroy Anderson will make you feel better about things.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Leroy Anderson, Anthony Tommasini, 04.22.20

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