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Ice Queen

Who wrote it better? Tchaikovsky vs. Rimsky-Korsakov

“Want to hear ‘Dance of the Tumblers’?” “Sure! That’s a great piece!” ♪♫ music starts playing ♪♫ “That’s not it.” “Um, yes it is. See the title? It’s from The Snow Maiden” “I know...

What’s Playing at Tonal Diversions – September 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done a review post and thought it was time to do another. Please note that I’m an Amazon affiliate, so purchases made via Amazon links to benefit the...

Photo of Amy Marcy (Cheney) Beach (1867-1944)

Help Celebrate the 150th Birthday of This Pioneering Composer

Happy birthday, Amy Beach! Who’s Amy Beach, you ask? Sadly, too many people ask that question, despite her being one of America’s foremost woman composers. As today is the 150th anniversary of her birth,...

Dancers

Escape to Veracruz Through Márquez’s Sultry “Danzon No. 2”

Let’s travel to Alamos, Mexico, birthplace of composer Arturo Márquez. Márquez was born in 1950 in Alamos, living there until 1962, when his family moved to Los Angeles County, California. He was exposed to...

Me performing "The Old Grumbly Bear" with the Crystal Lake Community Band, July 2015

In High Praise of the Adult Amateur Musician

I attended the first-ever Chicago Clarinet Symposium this weekend at Northeastern Illinois University. It was two days filled with everything clarinet: master classes, concerts, vendor displays and sample instruments. I enjoyed my time there....

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