Posted on Oct 21, 2014 with 1 noteShare

So today on the 20th Century, I will share some Alban Berg with his piano Sonata in one movement. 

"The sonata is not in the typical classical form of three or four contrasting movements, but consists of a single movement centered in the key of B minor. Berg originally intended for the Sonata to be a more traditional multi-movement work, the opening movement followed by a slow movement and a finale. However, for a long period he lacked any ideas for these other movements. Berg turned to Schoenberg, who commented that the lack of inspiration meant that ‘[Berg] … had said all there was to say’. Following Schoenberg’s advice, Berg decided to publish the finished movement and let it stand by itself.

Although the piece has the nominal key of B minor, Berg makes frequent use of chromaticism, whole-tone scales, and wandering key centers, giving the tonality a very unstable feel, which only resolves in the final few bars. The structure of the piece is traditional sonata form, with an exposition, development and recapitulation; however, the composition also relies heavily on Arnold Schoenberg’s idea of “developing variation”, a method to ensure the unity of a piece of music by deriving all aspects of a composition from a single idea. In this case, much of the composition can be traced back to the two opening gestures.”

Juan Manuel OROZCO

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 with 1 noteShare

Hello everyone,

Today I want to share with you a little more of the baroque music. I decides I would post some of Georg Telemann with this trumpet concert. In that time he was one of the composers that introduced the term “concerto grosso” even though he didn’t know he was making a new music form.

I find Telemann very rich in his mixtures of styles during his composings. I like that he never followed a trend even though it was very important to be classified in that matter.

So let’s enjoy Georg Philipp Telemann with “Trumpet Concerto in D major”

Juan Manuel OROZCO

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 with 8 notesShare

There are very few contemporary composers who make me as consistently happy as Zoltán Kodály. Though he wasn’t as prolific as some, there’s a haunting beauty in his work that lures me in every time. These rather foreboding variations on a Hungarian folk song have been a favorite of mine for many years. 

Peacock Variations, Zoltán Kodály
Hungarian State Orchestra
Antal Doráti, conductor

Enjoy!  - Melinda Beasi

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 with 4 notesShare

Though it may begin to seem that my musical moods are always based on weather, I promise that is not the case!  However, I will admit that my choice today is undeniably influenced by the rainy, thunder-stormy morning we’re having here in western Massachusetts. On a morning like this, there’s nothing I want to listen to more than Mozart’s Mass in C minor, specifically the opening “Kyrie.” There is a painful darkness in this choral sections of this piece that are only made more poignant by the solo soprano’s fervent plea, “Christ, have mercy!”

"Kyrie" from the Great Mass in C minor, W.A. Mozart
Monteverdi Choir & the English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conducting

On a dark, stormy morning, even a non-believer like me can appreciate such a plea. I hope you’ll enjoy, whatever your weather may be! - Melinda Beasi

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 with 2 notesShare

Hey, Music-Fans! I’m glad to see, that everything is okay here! Well, now I’m in my final year at the University so I need to focus a little bit more, on my studies. (This means, that I will return on every Wednesday with Film Music). In march or april will be my state-exam, when I will conduct the Requiem of John Rutter and also I need to make a musicological research to achieve my thesis. I have a very good mentor and I hope that everything will be fine! By the way…I have also two mentors here: Melinda BEASI and Juan Manuel OROZCO. They are doing great things and I really appreciate their DAILY contribution to theNOB.

So, today, I want to make a special dedication to Melinda and Juan, with my favorite Film-Music piece:

Ennio MORRICONE - The Mission - River

Ennio Morricone (November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as well as contemporary classical works. His career includes a wide range of composition genres, making him one of the world’s most versatile, prolific and influential film composers of all time. Morricone’s music has been used in more than 60 award-winning films.

Keep in touch,

Krisztián KÁLLÓ - Editor-in-chief

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 with 3 notesShare

So to start my 20th Century contribution, I decided I would post some of the great Igor Stravinsky given all the good well known music he has. 

I start with “The Firebird Suite” because I just find it really intriguing. Let’s sit back and enjoy this magnificence. 

Juan Manuel Orozco

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 with 6 notesShare

Hello everybody, today is my first day of posting on theNOB and I’m really excited to begin this new experience with all of you. 

Here in Guatemala, we only have two weather seasons, summer and winter. Therefore, listening to all “four seasons” of all composers make me want to have all of them here. Let’s say here in Guatemala October it’s the beggining of the winter and we have lots of windy great twilights.. So, yesterday I was listening to Vivaldi and agreeing with Melinda that this kind of weather is baroque music worthy. 

Enjoy. Juan Manuel Orozco 

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 with 5 notesShare

Today in 20th-century music, I’d like to offer up Samuel Barber’s String Quartet in B minor. It is from this quartet’s second movement that he later arranged his well-known Adagio for Strings, but I admit I prefer the piece in its original, simpler form. This was Barber’s only completed string quartet.

Samuel Barber, String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11
Quatuor Diotima

Enjoy!  - Melinda Beasi

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 with 6 notesShare

Hello, readers!  It great to be back at! I hope you’ll enjoy our offerings this season.  

Speaking of seasons, it is autumn here in the northeast US, and there’s something about the crisp air and brightly turning leaves that always seems to me especially suited to baroque music. With that in mind, here’s a little Handel for my first non-contemporary selection this fall. 

"Cara Sposa," Rinaldo
George Frideric Handel
Daniel Taylor, countertenor.

Originally written for alto castrato, this aria can have a very different character, depending on whether it is being sung by a mezzo-soprano or countertenor in modern performance.  I like both pretty equally, but for today I’ll go with the impeccable Daniel Taylor.

I’ll be back tomorrow with contemporary music.  See you then! - Melinda Beasi

Posted on Oct 8, 2014Share

The new season, comes with more music. We’ve made some changes, so, from now, the Wednesday is for Film Music. Today on NOB:

a Soundtrack from the famous Harry Potter franchise:

Alexandre DESPLAT - Obliviate (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/Part 1)

Six time Oscar nominee, Alexandre Desplat, with hundreds of scores and numerous awards to his credit, is one of the most worthy heirs of the French film scoring masters. 

Alexandre Desplat’s approach to film composition is not only based on his strong musicality, but also on his understanding of cinema, which allows him to truly communicate with directors. He studied piano and trumpet before choosing the flute as main instrument.


Melinda BEASI, our dear Artistic Director, is already prepared to fill the blog with great musics! She invites you, to listen Classical Music (tomorrow) and 20th Century/Contemporary Music (on Friday). Have a good rest of the week!



♫[Melinda BEASI] [Artistic Director] Received her classical training at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she earned a degree in vocal performance. Her stage credits include the First National Tour of Terrence McNally’s Master Class (Sophie), the Night Kitchen’s Really Rosie (Kathy), Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, the Goodspeed Opera House, the Papermill Playhouse, the Olney Theater Center, and New York’s City Center, among many others. She now coaches young singers and actors at a private performing arts studio in western Massachusetts. ♫♫♫[Juan Manuel OROZCO] [Music Supervisor] He is the new member of our staff from the 2014-2015 season. Dentistry student, any expression of the soul lover, he studied music at the National Music Conservatory of Guatemala for 7 years, piano and transverse flute interpreter. He has appeared in some operas and plays like: Madame Butterfly, Jesus Christ Superstar and soon he will be on The Barber of Seville. He is an amateur choreographer for an artistic group where he performs some contemporary dances. Indie, alternative, classical, instrumental, funk, jazz, musical theatre and post rock follower.
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