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Classical Notes: August 10, 2006 Archive

Boyd's Turn

Posted at 8:49 AM on August 10, 2006 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

After hailing the Minnesota Orchestra's Osmo Vanska as a "returning hero" at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival (see previous post), the New York Times today has good things to say about the debut of Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conductor Douglas Boyd. Here's the review.

The Rhythmicon Is ?Back?

Posted at 4:11 PM on August 10, 2006 by Rex Levang

The Rhythmicon was a musical instrument conceived in the ‘30s by Leon Theremin and Henry Cowell, and a few years ago it was revived in “virtual” form for MPR’s American Mavericks series. It’s now back, in the form of a CD of pieces written for the virtual version, by composers based in Minnesota, New York, Virginia, and Quebec.

(Though strictly speaking, it was never gone at all—it continued to have an existence on the Web, the kind we had not yet learned to call "long tail." You can still find it, learn about it, and do your own Rhythmicon composing here.)