Archive | November, 2013

Krzysztof Penderecki

Penderecki – a musical timeline

Happy 80th Birthday Krzysztof Penderecki! In celebration of Maestro Penderecki’s birthday, we have put together a chronological timeline of his musical output. Note: For copyright reasons the video has no audio, but we highly encourage you to create your own soundtrack. Though Penderecki is widely known for the shrieking tone clusters of “Threnody” – the likes […]

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Penderecki Sticket Stub

Standing Room Only

Full Disclosure: I have been known to fall asleep during classical music concerts. It doesn’t have anything to do with the pieces of music or the quality of performers. I blame my sleeping issue on the fact that the concerts are usually on lazy Sunday afternoons (prime nap time) or after long work days, or […]

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Tom Hanks - Big

New York Times Counterpoint

No, that isn’t a reference to the Steve Reich piece for solo clarinet and tape; though I hear that Bill Kalinkos gave a stellar performance Saturday with Alarm Will Sound.  I was actually referring to the great piece on counterpoint that Anthony Tommasini, Chief Music Critic for The New York Times, did for the Times’ multimedia […]

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Marriage of Figaro - Opera Atelier

The Ultimate Art Form

Fostering a love of classical music in young people is so important for its survival. We here at REFINERSFIRE are very dedicated to that mission. If you are interested in sharing with others what makes opera “the ultimate art form” check out this great list of operas for beginners. 1. The Magic Flute – Wolfgang Amadeus […]

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Credit: Anna Kaczmarz

Radiohead and Steve Reich

If you happen to be in New York City November 16, be sure to check out the all-Reich event by Artist-in-Residence Alarm Will Sound at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It includes the New York premiere of Radio Rewrite, the critically acclaimed work that takes two Radiohead songs as its inspiration. Here are the composer’s notes of the […]

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