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Miles of Mozart

Posted at 8:50 AM on July 2, 2009 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

Here's an ambitious new Mozart website that launched recently. It's called MozartWays. Eventually they hope to have the complete correspondence of the Mozart family, complete with links, footnotes, translations in multiple languages and much else. They already have maps of Mozart's travels through Europe; you can download a map, drill down to specific cities, find out about the Mozart sites in each, along with dates of his stay, anecdotes.....and that's the beta version.

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Day Two at the e-Comp

Posted at 10:22 AM on July 2, 2009 by Melissa Ousley
Filed under: Piano eComp

When I left Sundin Hall Wednesday evening, I had a smile on my face. It got there after hearing Russian pianist Elmar Gasanov play an imaginative program of Bartok, Liszt, Chopin, Medtner and Albeniz at the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition. The Liszt Sonata in b minor is no stranger to piano competitions and Gasanov played it convincingly, with an understanding of its complex architecture. The rest of his recital gave us a chance to see additional facets his musicianship. This included Spanish dances by Albeniz, a Fairy Tale by Medtner, and a little more Liszt with a chaming Valse-Caprice after Schubert.
Word on the street is that today's lineup is one of the strongest. Stop by Hamline University's Sundin Hall anytime between noon and 9:30 pm to decide for yourself. And remember, admission is free!

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The Passion of Thomas Jefferson's Soul

Posted at 9:57 PM on July 2, 2009 by Gillian Martin

Did you know Thomas Jefferson was a musician, among all his other talents?

He learned to play the violin as a boy, and was often invited to play chamber music in the home of the royal governor of Virginia. (Things must have gotten awkward when that whole "independence" thing got started.)

Read more about Jefferson the musician in this article from today's Wall Street Journal.