The StarkConductor blog has been around since August 2020, and since then a number of articles have come together. To make browsing as convenient as possible, this page is divided into three sections: At the top you can use the search function to find articles. After that, you will always find the 3 most recent articles. Finally, you will find all articles sorted by category.
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The 3 most recent articles
Here you will always find the 3 most recently published articles.
A letter from Pfitzner was the catalyst for Riemann to finally finish what he had started 25 years earlier.
Three personalities had a decisive influence on Hugo Riemann’s career and his goal of being appointed professor. Get to know them here!
The Mini-Experiences are anecdotes from classical music in story format. Four of them are published per year.
In 1872, a 23-year-old musicologist published an article that astonished experts. In it, a whole new way of perceiving music was outlined.
The article was signed “Hugibert Ries”.
Everyone in the professional music world wondered: Who is this man?
The founding story of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra does not begin in Chicago. Nor does it begin in New York, nor even in America. It begins in a tiny town in northern Germany, where 10-year-old Theodor plays his violin.
These articles are about everything to do with Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and many other composers.
Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) is considered one of the most important British composers. With his consistently pacifist stance as well as his conservative compositional style, he stood out from many fellow composers in the 20th century. Read 3 facts about Benjamin Britten here.
Mozart’s days were filled with an absurdly heavy workload. Combined with far too little rest and sleep time, it is hardly surprising that Mozart was in such poor physical shape throughout his life. Find out what a typical day in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was like in this article.
Georges Bizet is best known for Carmen – one of the most performed operas to date. But Bizet created other operas that are less well known. Many were not even performed during the composer’s lifetime. In this list you will find all the operas by Georges Bizet, including the year and place of the premiere.
Orchestras and concert halls
This is where classical music resounds! Interesting facts about orchestras and concert halls from all over the world.
Boston Symphony Hall is very popular among concertgoers, orchestra musicians and conductors because of its excellent acoustics. When Boston Symphony Hall was built in 1900, a very young physicist was responsible for this: Wallace Clement Sabine.
Dallas, 1980: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays day after day and week after week in the Music Hall at Fair Park. The problem: you can’t hear a thing.
In today’s blog post I present three cultural construction sites in Germany. These are “construction sites” in the truest sense of the word – the opera houses in Bayreuth and Stuttgart are being renovated, and a new concert hall is being built in Munich.
With the Slovenska Filharmonija, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has a valuable cultural asset. Not only does this orchestra look back on a very long history, but it is also characterized by a special sound culture and high responsiveness. In the following I will go into the history of the Slovenska Filharmonija as well as my personal connection to this orchestra.
Bucharest, 1865: A building for the benefit of society is to be constructed. What should it be? A circus, a parliament building or a concert hall? The Bucharest Athenaeum was all of that.
Opera and opera houses
Would you like a little more singing? Then this is the right category for you.
He is still one of the most important opera composers today, although he only lived to the age of 33: Vincenzo Bellini. His most famous operas are probably Norma and I Puritani. In this list you will find all the operas by Vincenzo Bellini, including the year and place of the premiere.
Giuseppe Verdi is still one of the most performed and most popular opera composers today. Verdi often revised his operas several times, which can be confusing. Therefore, in this list you will find all operas by Giuseppe Verdi with the year of the premiere. If there were adaptations of a work, you will also find the year of the premiere of the adapted version.
Music theory light
Musical background knowledge, presented in an understandable way.
The doctrine of affects was used in the Baroque and Classical periods to trigger emotions in the listeners. This was achieved thanks to precise musical tools. What exactly the doctrine of affects was, which affects were triggered with music and which clever people wrote about it, you can read below.
News from the classical music industry, interviews with colleagues and more of everything that is happening in the exciting world of classical music.
Insights into the mysterious craft/art of conducting.