With Weber's Invitation to the Dance Op. 65, the waltz developed into a great virtuoso form. This art dance was brought to perfection via Schubert and Chopin to Brahms's 'Love Song Waltzes'. Composers such as Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak or Grieg added elements from the folk music of their home countries to their waltzes. As a result, the waltz may appear as an English Waltz, American Boston, Polish mazurka or French valse musette. Debussy and Martinůturned it into a mechanical puppet dance, Ligeti used its form for his bold experiments, while Joplin or Eduard Pütz incorporated it in jazz music. This collection provides a musical history of the waltz: sturdy and high-spirited, dreamy and melancholic, slow and virtuosic, mechanical and ironic – waltzes for every day!
Bernard Rands at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New CD on Bridge Records
On December 19, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra join in the celebrations ... more
Ensemble Insomnio Performs Works from Frank Zappa's "The Yellow Shark"
Ensemble Insomnio of The Netherlands performs music from Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark , the ... more
Lee Hoiby's "The Italian Lesson" at East Harlem Opera
This month, East Harlem Opera produces Lee Hoiby’s delightful musical monologue, The Italian Lesson ... more
Andrew Norman's "Try" with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Oberlin Conservatory
John Adams leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of Andrew Norman’s Try for chamber ... more