Joanna Mauer: wisdom vs. age
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
10M ago
One of the wonderful aspects of life as a musician: age differences among players don’t mean anything. What counts is what kind of person you are, and how you make music ..read more
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IPA
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by Miles Hoffman
10M ago
Professional opera singers often have to sing in languages with which they’re completely unfamiliar. And yet they’re expected to pronounce all the words correctly. How do they do it ..read more
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Interpretations vs. the music itself
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by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
Like it or not, performers can’t help evaluating performance, especially in the cases of pieces we know or instruments we play ..read more
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Text-based music
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
It’s often easier to say what classical music is not, than to say what it is ..read more
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Bad chairs
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
Chairs that are too low, too high, too hard, too slippery, or with seats tilted backward… they’re the bane of musicians’ existence ..read more
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The bad old days
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
In the bad old days of symphony orchestras in this country, music directors were absolute dictators, and orchestra musicians had few protections. If a music director woke up in a bad mood and decided to fire an orchestra musician on the spot, he could… never mind that it might instantly deprive that musician of his livelihood ..read more
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Taste vs. judgement
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
Do you agree with the judgment that the two greatest composers of the late Baroque were Bach and Handel? Well, that means, unavoidably, that the rest of the late Baroque composers weren’t as good ..read more
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Philippe Gaubert
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
He may not be well know to the general public today, but, yet Philippe Gaubert was one of the most famous and important French musicians of the first half of the twentieth century ..read more
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Old tools, old instruments
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
I don’t suppose you have a pair of four-hundred-year-old pliers in your kitchen tool drawer, or a screwdriver made in the 1700s? No, probably not. Tools don’t tend to last that long. The tools of string players, though, are an entirely different story ..read more
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Old 78s
A Minute with Miles
by Miles Hoffman
11M ago
Have you by any chance been hanging on to your grandparents’ old 78 rpm records? Carting them around, perhaps, and storing them on shelves or in boxes whenever you’ve moved from place to place ..read more
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