StarkConductor Blog

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.

Mini-Experiences

The Mini-Experiences are anecdotes from classical music in story format. Four of them are published per year.

Composers

These articles are about everything to do with Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and many other composers.

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Tamino, Who Are You?

Tamino must pass difficult tests to win Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute. In this blogpost you will learn more about Tamino and his role in perhaps Mozart’s most famous opera.

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3 Facts about Benjamin Britten

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.

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A Day in the Life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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.

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Bizet’s Operas (List)

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.

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Sarastro, Who Are You?

Sarastro is the counterpart to the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute. In this blogpost you will learn more about Sarastro and his role in perhaps Mozart’s most famous opera.

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Orchestras and concert halls

This is where classical music resounds! Interesting facts about orchestras and concert halls from all over the world.

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Germany’s Cultural Construction Sites

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.

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Slovenska Filharmonija – High Culture Meets Tradition

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.

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Opera and opera houses

Would you like a little more singing? Then this is the right category for you.

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Pamina, Who Are You?

Pamina is the daughter of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute. In this blogpost you will learn more about Pamina and her role in perhaps Mozart’s most famous opera.

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Bellini’s Operas (List)

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.

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Richard Wagner’s Operas (List)

Wagner was known as a slow worker. That is why it is interesting to take a look at the following table of all Wagner operas and the periods in which they were written: Wagner worked on the “Götterdämmerung” (with numerous interruptions) for 26 years!

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Verdi’s Operas (List)

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.

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Music theory light

Musical background knowledge, presented in an understandable way.

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Parlando: what is that?

Parlando is the rap of classical music. It is a vocal technique that stands between singing and speaking and is not so easy to do. This style is especially popular in opera. Read here what parlando is and how you can recognize it.

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Doctrine of Affects: what is that?

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.

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Music world

News from the classical music industry, interviews with colleagues and more of everything that is happening in the exciting world of classical music.

Conducting

Insights into the mysterious craft/art of conducting.