Archive for Guest Editorial

A Violist’s Bucket List

I am so happy to be able to participate in the Toccata blog and tell you a little about the two albums that have been… 

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A Violist’s New CD Captures the Romance of Russian Sonatas

Article in the University of Denver Magazine (magazine.du.edu)by Tamara Chapman, 31 January 2022; reproduced with permission Compared with its siblings in the violin family –… 

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Mixing the Classical and the Popular

The urge to compose music arose after I joined a rock group in my teenage years. Although I was later classically trained, I continued to… 

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Adopt a Composer — Jürgen Thym and Samuel Adler

One of the most rewarding aspects of my activities as a musicologist has been following the life and works of living composers – be they… 

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A Symphony by Mischa Spoliansky

It may come as a surprise to many that Mischa Spoliansky, the composer of the sly and witty cabaret songs that helped to launch the… 

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Borrowed Time

It is something of a myth that composers tend to die after completing their ninth symphony, based on the relatively few that did so and… 

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Too Many Symphonies? — Part two: Fridrich Bruk

Having traversed the symphonies of Robert Keeley in Part One of this brief survey (Too Many Symphonies – Part One – posted on 9 March… 

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Remembering Taryn Fiebig

It is with tremendous sadness that I write today about the passing of the Australian soprano, Taryn Fiebig, on 20 March 2021.  Taryn was a… 

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All the Keys in Kent

One of the Toccata Classics releases later this summer will be a recording of a sequence of piano preludes commissioned from me in 2014 by… 

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Discovering Robert Fürstenthal and his ‘Lost Lieder’

It was while I was working as music curator at the Jewish Museum in Vienna that someone told me about Robert Fürstenthal. It must have… 

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The ‘Yodit’ Pieces Begin to Take on a Life of Their Own — A Report from Orlando Jacinto García

Orlando García is one of the composers who has contributed to Martin Anderson’s ‘Music For My Love’ project of pieces in memory of his partner.… 

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The Re-Emergence of Leo Zeitlin

The story of Leo Zeitlin and his music’s re-emergence is so remarkable that it has already been duly reported in several online and printed articles.… 

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Toccata e due CD: Rediscovering Early Martinů – Part III

Volume One of the Martinů Early Orchestral Works series brought much satisfaction to all involved. Martin Anderson was delighted by the quality of the new… 

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A Birthday Present for Ronald Stevenson — by James Reid Baxter

This Friday, 6 March, Ronald Stevenson will celebrate his 87th birthday. In a different world, or even just a different country, one where human life… 

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Tim Collins Reporting from Lillehammer: Celebrating Leif Solberg’s 100th Birthday

If the name of the small town of Lillehammer in Norway rings any bells for you, it is probably as the site of the 1994… 

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John Kinsella: A Tale of Two Symphonies

My Symphonies Nos. 5 and 10 were premiered eighteen years and a millennium divide apart, in 1994 and 2012. They were also written in very… 

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