Brecht’s String Quartet: “music” for shaking hands

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Brecht’s String Quartet: an early example of conceptual music? George Brecht (1926-2008) is considered as one of the most creative precursors of conceptual music, a highly sophisticated genre that had a significant impact on the artistic life of the 60s and 70s. His “String Quartet” is affected by the influences of various artists such as […]

Difference between an opus and a symphony

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The difference between an opus and a symphony is quite substantial: the latin word “opus” refers to a number which is conventionally assigned to a piece of music or to a set of musical compositions once they are published, while the term “symphony” denotes a specific form of orchestral composition divided into four movements.   […]

Ambush from ten sides: history and analysis of a masterpiece from Cina

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Ambush from ten sides: history of a Chinese masterpiece for pipa Ambush from Ten Sides (Chinese: shimian maifu) is traditionally regarded as one of the most difficult classical pieces written for the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute whose origin dates back to 2000 years ago. Unfortunately, we don’t know who is the author of this […]