Musical inspirations

“Musical inspirations” are some analyses, thoughts, and reflections about ensemble singing and some of the music written for this or or inspired by the repertoire.  We have been spurred into these thoughts mostly about the music we have been singing, inspired by the rehearsals and practices we had to do when we prepare for our performances.  These writings therefore give a more in-depth background to our concerts.

We ponder on musical interpretation issues, we share our understanding of some of the music, we offer up behind-the-scenes commentaries on the musical activities some of us get involved in.  And most of all we hope to inspire!

We also aim to bring to these discussions the intersections between music and other disciplines, for example, the sciences and the social sciences, as well as the intersections between vocal music and instrumental music.  It is in looking at those intersections that new ideas and new insights are spurred. 

Autumn / winter 2018

The noble Liszt, the song-inspired Liszt and “art that conceals art”

Spring / summer 2018

Schubert’s songs  

Schubert’s songs and Liszt’s tears 

Mozart and Liszt, inside the Sistine Chapel, song(s) in one’s head?

Summer 2017

Beautiful songs by contemporary composers – singing them and loving them – part 2 

Beautiful songs by contemporary composers – singing them and loving them – part 1 

Our love for Brahms’ Liebeslieder waltzes – part 1 – “pretty concert pieces”

Our love for Brahms’ Liebeslieder waltzes – part 2 – (Schubertian) dances, vocal quartet, 4-hand piano”

A post-concert note #1: imagine Brahms and Clara Schumann playing the piano together as you sing

A post-concert note #2: “Dirait-on”, Rilke’s roses, lots of rubatos, and interplay between the voices and the piano!

Summer 2016

Dear Mozart … and a note on Einstein, Saint-Saëns and musical colours

The French mélodie, Faure’s much-loved Cantique, and a note on the French tradition

Brahms, E flat major, E flat minor, and inner power

 

 

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