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Wedding Sheet Music: What to Play This Summer

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wedding season is underway! Do you have the sheet music you need for all of your upcoming wedding performances?

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The Elgar Cello Concerto

Friday, May 18, 2012
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Cello Sheet Music Recommendation: Elgar's Cello Concerto

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dear Alberta,It's fitting that such an elegaic concerto is the last concerto of our letters. (Sad face!) Edward Elgar composed his cello concerto, Op. 85, in the summer of 1919; it's hard to ignore the fact that he composed the concerto in Sussex,…

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Is Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3 Just Too Intense?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In last week's series of letters, Alberta Barnes and I discussed Mendelssohn's Octet. This week we're tackling Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, which, for me, was overwhelming, rangy, and gorgeous. If you need more listening or sheet…

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Happy Valentine’s Day: A Sad Love Story from Music History

Friday, February 10, 2012

In honor of Valentine's Day I thought it would be appropriate to write about a great musical love story. Too much is said about Brahms and Clara, so I thought I'd find another couple to write about. Below please enjoy a touching love story from music…

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Happy Valentine's Day: Romance Gone Wrong!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Valentine's Day is approaching, so let's take this occasion to revisit the violin's passionate side. Many would agree that it can be captivating to hear sweet violin music while you wine and dine, but, as delightful as this may be, the violin may…

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Telling a Story Musically: Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

SHAR Apprentice Megan Fedor takes delight in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Part of the joy of this piece, she argues, is its specific, musical representation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. When asked the question, “What sacred music do you find…

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Halloween Special: Violin Demonology

Monday, October 31, 2011

For many, the thought of the violin brings to mind pleasant images of angelic beings gently bowing away upon soft, puffy clouds. The mild expressions of these angels radiate warmth as their long, flowing robes cascade over feathered wings and tiny…

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