Classical 101 Archives For: March 27, 2015

Paul Hindemith and Music Inspired by a Masterpiece of Art

Isenheim Alterpiece (second view)
November 16, 2012

German-born composer Paul Hindemith based his most famous musical work of art on a Renaissance masterpiece, the Isenheim Alterpiece of Mattias Grunewald.  The opera Mathis der Mahler (Matthias the Painter), from 1935, is about the struggle of the artist during a turbulent time of the Protestant Reformation.  This evening on Symphony @ 7, we’ll have [...]

Arianna Quartet Performs Peruvian-Inspired String Quartet Sunday

16, 2012

As a kid learning how to play the piano, composer Gabriela Lena Frank says, “I would try and make my Beethoven sound a little more Peruvian by adding flourishes that the guitar players might use, or accents in a way that was reminiscent of what pan pipe players might do.” The unique sounds of Peruvian music would later find their way into Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, part Peruvian travelogue, part family history recounting in the genre of the string quartet Frank’s first trip to her mother’s homeland.

Minnesota Orchestra conductor breaks silence about labor issue

16, 2012

Osmo Vanska, who is responsible for guiding the Minnesota Orchestra to a new level of artistry, has broken his silence about the contract impasse which threatens not just their season, but their very existence.  ”I urge the Board and the players of the MO, from the bottom of my heart, to seek new and creative [...]