Archive for October, 2006

Standing ovations

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Attack of the standing ovaters: Vol. 2
For The Chronicle
It’s time again to take a stand against standing.About a year ago, I wrote a piece for the Chronicle describing an epidemic of standing ovations at public performances. Nearly every performance here, I noted, receives a standing ovation, whether deserved or not. And this, I felt, had to stop. . . .

[you get the point. Funny article no longer available online.]

I have had this experience multiple times. I feel a performance was just fine, but not necessarily stellar, and I watch the crowd slowly rise while I, growing almost more obstinate, retain my seat to “maintain” my opinion against the swelling opposition. Are they idiots, I think? Did we just hear the same performance? (more…)

Haydn, Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809

(Piano) Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27, 1797

The earliest history of the piano trio chiefly involves the composers C. P. E. and, J. C. Bach, Johann Schobert, and Haydn. This period of music saw the evolution from the Baroque and Rococo periods into the Classical as well as the transition from the harpsichord and clavichord to the recently devised pianoforte. It was also around this time that the cello slowly began its evolution into a legitimate solo instrument. Most compositions for keyboard, violin and cello during this phase were essentially sonatas for keyboard with accompaniment where the accompaniment was often considered optional and the actual choice of additional instruments variable. (more…)