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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mahler's Songs

In rethinking some of my Mahler repertoire for performance and master classes later this year, I am again reminded that Mahler followed Schubert and Schumann in developing the song cycle. Mahler clearly loved a primal expression in the voice, incorporating a potpourri of marvelous themes from "high" and "low" cultures in his song cycles.
Mahler's style stretches from the Classical composers, including the Romantic world as well, with much attention to Beethoven and Wagner. These composers captivated Mahler's interest in creative "development."
Though Mahler never composed an opera, Beethoven's and Wagner's attention to thematic and harmonic originality, and clear musical "development," fascinated Mahler, grasping much of Mahler's creative thinking in regard to his own innovative world of song.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Anthology & Max Reger

Among composer data noted in my soon to be published song anthology, I have included information that I think the public will find amusing: For example, Max Reger-composer of children's songs, among many complicated and diverse instrumental music-wrote these songs, due to the then popular consensus that his music was too difficult. Interesting remedy Reger decided upon to alleviate his sticky situation.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Power of Knowledge

My wise mother often said, "knowledge is power."
I add to this, that knowledge nourishes self-esteem and a feeling of oneness with the world.
Those quick, or lengthy, glances through this magazine or that newspaper, or book, are adding fortification to the building blocks of what you know and who you are, to say nothing of those deep and involved conversations!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Creature & Creator

Unlike animals, man possesses "Creative Imagination." Thus man, of all creatures, is more than a creature, he is also a creator. Man surpasses self-preservation and pro-creation, and can direct his Success-Mechanism with use of his imagination.

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