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Happy Halloween from earsense!

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Christine Payne of Ensemble SF recently asked me about chamber music programming ideas for Halloween. I have come up with a nice little bag of treats for you including perhaps a few tricks. It turns out, chamber music can be downright SCARY, chilling, black, and certainly haunting. There are even several pieces that are directly related to Halloween, ghosts, goblins, graveyards and even Edgar Allen Poe, all presented here for your bone-rattling delectation.

Note, if one searches the broader field of piano, organ, choral and orchestral music, there is a raging haunted house of material. The game here is chamber music, specifically. Surely there is more, but this is a good haul for an evening of dark revelry. There is something here for everyone.

Welcome to the CHAMBER of horrors. Boo!


Shostakovich, 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906-1975

24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, (for piano), 1951
24 Jewels

Here is a simple list of famous composers featured on earsense: Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Most of you from a Western European derived civilization will at least know these names as you would know Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Darwin, Freud and Einstein. earsense is devoted to encouraging you to know their music as you would the Beatles or Duke Ellington.

Do you know the name Shostakovich?

Dmitri Shostakovich was a purely 20th century Soviet Russian composer of towering significance. He can be unequivocally added to the possible Mount Rushmore of the first sentence: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Shostakovich. (more…)

Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750

The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I and II)
48 Preludes and Fugues
48 Jewels

“The two Books of The Well-tempered Clavier of J. S. Bach, commonly known in English as The 48 Preludes and Fugues, are at the centre of European civilisation, and are the beloved property of generations of people all over the world. If all of western art music were to be lost and only one work survive, this would be the first choice of many. The achievement of the music at an intellectual level alone puts Bach among the leading intellects of European history. Yet his ability to explore and develop musical materials is fully matched by the scope and power with which he explores moods, emotions and characters, and this is what has made his music so beloved by so many. His own contemporaries remarked how, in spite of the formidable complexity, his mastery of ordering materials and of the arts of rhetoric was such that he could reach out and touch the hearts even of those with no special knowledge of musical techniques. (more…)