Making Music in a Modern World, Part 1

Brook that rolls through Ridley Creek State Park
When was the last time you spent ten minutes listening to a cobbling brook?
2:35PM
December
28, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about how modern audiences are far different than those who listened to Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when the composers first performed their works.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Composer, Numerologist, Theologian

Sonata for single violin #1 in E minor BWV 1001, Johann Sebastian Bach, front page of the autograph
Is Bach's fascination with numerology too complex?
10:39AM
December 20, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Johann Sebastian Bach, whose fascination with numerology and theology led to extraordinarily complex music at times.

Alexander Borodin’s Funny Meters and Pulses

Alexander Borodin
Composer Alexander Borodin: not "governed by bar lines"
2:36PM
December 17, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Alexander Borodin’s 2nd Symphony, with its unique, “funny” meters and pulses that – ultimately – work.

Appreciating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 6th Symphony

Beethoven
Deaf, yes. But Beethoven knew his tempi.
2:20PM
December
17, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Ludwig van Beethoven’s 6th symphony, which, like his other even-numbered symphonies is underplayed and under-performed.

The Egos of Conductors

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky and his over-sized ego
3:29PM
December 10, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about conductor’s egos. Schram tells the tale of Igor Stravinsky conducting his own score, and how his ego led him astray.

Dance as Though No One is Watching You

Child Dancing
Let things wiggle where they may
3:59PM
December
8, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about how orchestras sometimes need to tap into the inner child of adults, to get them on their feet and moving to dance music.

Igor Stravinsky’s Jazz Sides

drawing of Stravinsky by Picasso
Stravinsky felt that the jazz musicians would have a hard time with his various time signatures
10:01AM
November 29, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Igor Stravinsky’s foray into jazz, the Ebony Concerto (1945) and the Concerto in E-flat, a.k.a. Dumbarton Oaks (1937–38).

Appreciating Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk pictured on an 1864 Publication of The Dying Poet for piano
Louis Moreau Gottschalk pictured on an 1864 Publication of The Dying Poet for piano
11:57AM
November 21, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Louis Moreau Gottschalk, an under-appreciated American composer and pianist.

Rhapsody In Blue: An Experiment in Modern Music

Bar 1-2 of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue played by 1st B-flat clarinet.
The famous clarinet opening of Rhapsody in Blue
10:16AM
November 17, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, the resident staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (1924), originally composed for solo piano and jazz band written in 1924.