Works-in-Progress

Mahler’s Titan: The Romance, Suicide and Triumph of a Young Musician

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Unknown to many concertgoers until the 1960’s, the works of composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) are now among the most frequently performed by symphony orchestras around the world. Why? What qualities make the music of a man from a century past suddenly come to light and illuminate the human sensibilities of another time? Our time?

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Beethoven’s Shadow

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

In the early 1800’s Beethoven’s music had taken Europe by storm. But as the century entered its second decade Beethoven’s productivity diminished considerably. This opened the door for new and exciting composers to be heard. The courts, salons and concert halls of Vienna and elsewhere were enjoying the music of other highly talented and far more fashionable composers. It was not Beethoven but Sigismund Neukomm who composed the major work performed in St. Stephen’s Cathedral at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Premiered at the same public concert as Beethoven’s Eroica, it was the other Symphony in E-flat, the one composed by Anton Eberl, which won critics’ highest praise, not Beethoven’s. Continue Reading »

Walt Whitman in Music

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

2019 will be the 200th birthday of America’s greatest poet. The work of Walt Whitman has been set to music by scores of composers. This film will explore how Whitman’s encompassing vision of life inspired great music and song.

 

 

 

 

 

In Search Of A Universal Language: Beethoven in Ho Chi Minh City

In the thirty years since the last helicopter lifted off the U.S. embassy roof in what is now Ho Chi Min City, the relationship between Vietnam and the United States of America has undergone a remarkable transformation. After a period of recrimination, followed by an excruciatingly slow thaw, the two countries are now poised for an entirely new relationship that promises the benefits of collaboration and mutual respect.

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