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“…six feet two inches of Russian gloom.”

This is how Igor Stravinsky described Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, referencing his composition, Isle of the Dead, “regarded as the quintessential expression of the composer’s melancholy.” (Source). I hasten to add that the concert Vasil and I attended last evening was … Continue reading

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Frédéric François Chopin

The following words about Chopin are drawn almost entirely from the book Chopin, the Man and His Music, by James Huneker including a useful introduction, footnotes and an index by the musical biographer and historian, Herbert Weinstock. This book can … Continue reading

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