Tag Archives: Beethoven

Inspired !

My last post concerned the principle of “shadow of the leader”, with a perfect example coming from a recent outing to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London to watch the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Symphony … Continue reading

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Uninspired !

Uninspired = Uninspiring = Mediocre Performance = Bored Audience Leadership has a definite knock-on effect. The principle of “shadow of the leader” came vividly back to me while sitting for 2 1/2 hours in the Royal Albert Hall in London listening … Continue reading

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How to Practice . . .

As a kid, I used to think practice was, well . . . practice.  I played the clarinet in our high school orchestra (first clarinet mind you!) and in between homework, football practice, baseball practice and swimming, I would eek … Continue reading

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Music Soothes the Savage Breast . . .

Music has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d, And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d, By magic numbers and persuasive Sound.   ~William Congreve … Continue reading

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Classical Music in the South of France . . . a great break from business

No more “business” posts from me for a while (I can hear the cheering!). For the next two weeks I will be helping my wife run and manage the 6th Annual Festival de Musique de la Vallée du Cougain in … Continue reading

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Memory, Sweet But Fragile Memory

And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs And as silently steal away. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done My mother was an amazing person and … Continue reading

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Classical Music in the French Countryside. . . The Long Game

I don’t know if it’s a sign of all the chaos that is happening out there or not, but I’ve lately craved the structure and order of classical music, the balance and symmetry. -Helen Reddy It’s July. Summertime in the … Continue reading

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