Born today : Charles Wilfred Orr

Charles Wilfred Leslie Orr, generally known as C. W. Orr (31 July 1893 – 24 February 1976), was an English composer.  His work as a composer was dominated by the composition of songs accompanied by piano; his life's study was the expressive setting of poetry to music. He wrote more settings of A.E. Housman's poetry than any … Continue reading Born today : Charles Wilfred Orr

Gerald Moore : The Unashamed Accompanist

Gerald Moore CBE (30 July 1899 – 13 March 1987) was an English classical pianist best known for his career as an accompanist for many famous musicians. Among those with whom he was closely associated were Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Ángeles and Pablo Casals. In 1921 Moore made his first gramophone recording, … Continue reading Gerald Moore : The Unashamed Accompanist

Charlie Christian : father of the modern jazz guitar style

Born today, 1916, in Dallas, Texas, Charlie Christian was for a short time the most influential jazz musician, ever, and only exceeded in that regard by another great jazz Charlie, "Bird" Parker. It can be said without exaggeration that virtually every jazz guitarist that emerged during 1940-65 sounded like a relative of Charlie Christian. The … Continue reading Charlie Christian : father of the modern jazz guitar style

Sándor Vándor, composer: born today 1901; murdered by Nazis 1945

Material from The *OREL Foundation website Thanks to the choir named after him, Vándor is not entirely unknown. He even merited twelve lines in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. But his work as a composer and educator is largely forgotten. From 1920 on, Vándor (originally Venetianer; Miskolc, July 28, 1901– Sopronbánfalva, January … Continue reading Sándor Vándor, composer: born today 1901; murdered by Nazis 1945

R.I.P. Ivan Moravec (1930-2015)

I just heard of the passing of the great pianist Ivan Moravec.  Not only was Moravic a supreme musician, his recordings of Debussy, Chopin and Ravel are especially noteworthy, but he was also known as a perfectionist when it came to piano mechanics. Mr. Moravec, 71, is renowned for his gentle, unhurried touch in Chopin, … Continue reading R.I.P. Ivan Moravec (1930-2015)

Overview and Analysis of the Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178

It is likely that Liszt derived the idea of thematic transformation as a unifying process from Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, a work which he himself transcribed for piano and orchestra in 1851.  Schubert’s themes run through all four movements of the fantasy in varied forms  The four movements are played without a break, and outline a … Continue reading Overview and Analysis of the Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178

pet sound : Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s Haydn Keyboard Sonata series

Having ignored these recordings for years I am delving into them and finding them very enjoyable. Listening to Vol. 2 today. 1. Sonata for Keyboard no 19 in E minor, H 16 no 47bis 2. Sonata for Keyboard no 20 in B flat major, H 16 no 18 3. Sonata for Keyboard no 32 in … Continue reading pet sound : Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s Haydn Keyboard Sonata series