There was once an unmusical young man at a musical gathering who was asked whether he played violin. To which he answered: “I don't know; I’ve never tried.” This is doubtless pushing self-confidence a little far. But it is just the right spirit for beginning to listen to so-called classical or serious music. You do not know whether you can till you’ve tried, and trying the right way is very likely to create the ability that you may have doubted you possessed.
Contrary to the clichés that surround this form of art, classical music is not “dry and intellectual.” It was composed not for study but for the listener’s spiritual and sensuous satisfaction. The great secret to getting accustomed to the sounds and forms of classical music is immersion in the medium: play the piece over again—or part of it. Soon the chaos resolves itself into meaning and one wonders how there could have been a time when one could not follow it. The rewards are infinite.
Lonely Peaks Records is pleased to represent the Servais Society of Halle, Belgium for their release of a new edition of François Servais' 6 Études, edited by Peter C. Dzialo. Virtually unknown, with original scores out of print since the 1896 Paris edition released by August Quinzard, these études may be played with either a piano or second cello accompaniment. Worthwhile as exercises in Servais' cello technique, they are also enjoyable for concert performances and were recently presented in an 'inaugural' concert by Viviane Spanoghe and Didier Poskin of the Brussels Royal Conservatory, accompanied by pianists Anait Karpova and Pierre Brunello.
Preview the edition.
You will be able to order a copy (80 pages) from LPR by the end of this month. Price: $25.00 in U.S. / $30 international.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is holding Bachtoberfest: a festival of concerts celebrating Bach and music for organ. The concerts will be held throughout greater Hartford from October 4-12, 2013.
Cellist Peter Dzialo will perform on the Tuesday, October 8th program with organist Natasha Ulyanovsky. Works by Popper, Bach, Joplin, Dubois, Brubeck, and Hubert Léonard's arrangement of the famous 'La Folia' variations by Corelli. This concert will be held at Congregation Beth Israel on Farmington Avenue, West Hartford at 1pm.
The Catholic Artists Society, of which Peter Dzialo is a member, is sponsoring a six part lecture series on "The Art of the Beautiful" in conjunction with the Thomistic Institute in NYC. The series features talks by six renowned philosophers, theologians and artists at the Catholic Center at NYU. The topics are:
Admission is free and open to the public but space is limited. See here for more information.
Louis Abbiate is likely the most brilliant composer for cello that even cellists have never heard of. In the mid 20th century an effort was made by musicians (cellists Dimitry Markevitch and Eliane Magnan; pianists Marcelle Bousquet, Bernard Ringeissen and Annie d'Arco) to reinvigorate interest in his compositions by featuring his cello, piano and symphonic music in recordings.
However, no recording was made of his solo cello works. Feeling that these are his most fascinating and unique, especially with regard to cello technique, we dedicated two albums exclusively to them—Préludes et Fugues, 13 Prélude-Etudes—and included the Grand Symphonic Etude in another.
To give the listener some historical perspective, a short biography of Louis Abbiate has been added to the library.
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"Like a good instrument, a good bridge can outlast centuries."
Bridge photos by Gerard KilBride and Mick Quinn, who are known for their passion for stringed instruments.