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Classical Music is Weird Ep. 006 – What’s There To Study?

Summary

Do you have questions about classical music you would love to have answered? Get in touch! 😀

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In which we’re back after a long hiatus! And I answer a question that every hairdresser asks themselves when they insist on small talk with me: What does ‘studying music’ mean and entail?

Spotlight

💡 Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme 💡

performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Gennadi Roshdestvensky at the Royal Albert Hall, 2007

💡Alternative: performed by the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra under Edward Elgar himself, in 1926💡

Things Mentioned and Additional Reading

🎧 Classical Music Is Weird Ep 005 – Common Questions (I)

🎧 “Meet Me On The Corner” by Lindisfarne

🖼️ Hey, Mr Dreamseller! Where have you been? – artwork for my “Elementary Music Education” exam

🎧 J.S. Bach: Suite for Cello solo Nr. 4, Prélude – performed by yours truly!

🎧 Franz Schubert: Sonata in A minor “Arpeggione”, 1st movement – performed by moi! Piano: Ulrike Payer

🎧 Dmitri Shostakovitch: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1, 1st movement – performed by… me! Piano: Ulrike Payer

📰 MMus at the RNCM (description of the course and list of modules)

🎥 Distracted Cellist – my very own YouTube channel!

🎧 Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory) – performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jirí Belohlávek

📰 Elgar – His Music: Variation on an Original Theme – a list of who each variation depicts

📰 Cracking Elgar’s Enigma Code

📰 BBC Radio 3 – Elgar/ Enigma Variations – programme notes on the variations


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Classical Music Is Weird Ep. 005 – Common Questions (I)

 

Summary

Do you have questions you would love to get answered about anything that’s even remotely related to classical music? Get in touch!😀

distractedcellist@outlook.com

Distracted Cellist on Tumblr

twitter.com/littlecello73

 

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In which I try to answer two questions I’ve come across repeatedly: What the hell does a conductor actually do, and why on earth would you play the same pieces over and over and over?

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Classical Music Is Weird Ep. 004 – Elaborations

 

Summary

Do you have questions you would love to get answered about anything that’s even remotely related to classical music? Get in touch! 😀

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Today I elaborate on a few points we talked about in the last episode, and I rant a bit. It’s not a very upbeat episode, but then these aren’t very upbeat times. Still, the episode ends on a positive note (see what I did there? Heh)!

Spotlight

💡 Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica” 💡

performed by the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (on period instruments); conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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Classical Music Is Weird Ep. 003 – “Why Is Classical Music…” (Google Autofill)

 

Summary

Do you have questions you would love to get answered about anything that’s even remotely related to classical music? Get in touch! 😀

distractedcellist@outlook.com

https://distractedcellist.tumblr.com/ask

https://twitter.com/littlecello73

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Today we play “Answer Google Autofill” and look at the most searched for phrases that start with “Why is classical music”! Completely unscripted, so it gets a bit rambly. Also, please excuse the background noises! Still experimenting with settings on my recording device, and when I recorded this it was pretty noise outside of my room!

Spotlight

💡 Robert Schumann: Adagio und Allegro op. 70 💡

performed by Daria Fussl (cello) and Hwanhee Yoo (piano)

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Classical Music Is Weird Ep. 002 – Music Or Mush?

 

*NOTE: In this episode, I say that Justus Frantz is a composer – that’s not true, he is in fact a conductor. I mixed up the two words. Sorry!

*NOTE 2: Near the end I claim that the concerto was written near the end of the 18th century – that’s rubbish of course, it was written near the end of the 19th century! Again, I apologise, and blame it on my cold which has clogged up my brain.

Do you have questions you would love to get answered about anything that’s even remotely related to classical music? Get in touch! 😀

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twitter.com/littlecello73

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In which we talk about how to listen to classical music and understanding what’s going on! Involves a trip down memory lane back to when I was a tiny little cello girl and really liked listening to composers’ biographies.

Please excuse the changing sound quality – I’m still experimenting with set-ups etc, and I think I got to close to the mic several times… I’ll work on it, promise!

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Classical Music Is Weird Ep. 001 – Putting A Name To It

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In which I introduce myself, and everything is “beautiful” and “amazing”. We talk about how to be able to recognise what kind of piece of classical music you’re listening to, even if you don’t know the first thing about classical music. I gush a little about BBC Maestro.

Do you have questions you would love to get answered about anything that’s even remotely related to classical music? Get in touch! 😀

distractedcellist@outlook.com

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@littlecello73

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