Sphinx

No. 1  No. 2  No. 3  These mysterious groups of notes appear between the eighth (Replique) and ninth (Papillons) of Schumann’s Opus 9 collection of 21 piano pieces, Carnaval. If you remember, the Sphinx was famous for her riddles (What is that which has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?) And […]

and finally…

Any listing of Mendelssohn’s most popular works, would have his violin concerto somewhere near the top. His rethinking of the concerto form – started with his two piano concertos – here reaches its apogee; and the success of this remodelling can be measured by the plethora of famous near-imitations that followed it — the violin […]

Incidentally…

Incidental music n. music played as an accompaniment or ‘background’ to a play or film, or to a radio or other performance or entertainment. Oxford English Dictionary w   Our logo/featured image for this term – based on an early Augener edition of Mendelssohn’s 42 Songs Without Words for piano – comes to us courtesy of the […]