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RLPO – Dublin 17/09/2014

 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has been closed for a major rebuild and refurbishment since May and, although the works are well underway, the building is barely recognisable; with hoarding, scaffolding and the back half of the building temporarily missing altogether, having … Continue reading

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The Hammer Blow Of Fate!

The final movement of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is punctuated by three hammer blows. Alma Mahler quotes her husband as saying that these were three mighty blows of fate befallen by the hero, “the third of which fells him like a … Continue reading

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Tuba Humour!

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Lovely Solo Trumpet Playing By Mark O’Keeffe…

BBC Proms 2014 from the Royal Albert Hall, London. A trumpeter evokes a World War I bugler in Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony No. 3 Andrew Manze conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an excerpt from the second movement of … Continue reading

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Some Ideas For Honing Your Multiple Tonguing…

The Nightingale is brass band cornet solo composed by the legendary trombonist, Harold Moss. Moss was famous as a trombone soloist before the war and famous as a conductor of brass bands too. He was the conductor of the famous … Continue reading

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Musical Humour!

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Maurice Andre Plays The Jolivet Trumpet Concerto – 1969

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Rare Footage Of Shostakovich As Soloist In His Concerto For Piano, Trumpet And Strings

  Posted on August 19, 2014 by brendanball Here is some extremely rare film footage of Dmitri Shostakovich as the piano soloist in his own Concerto Opus 35 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. Can anyone name the trumpet soloist? Yes … Continue reading

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Timofei Dokshizer Plays Andriasov Trumpet Concerto. Fantastic!

One of the first vinyl LPs I came into possession of was an old recording of the great trumpeter Timofei Dokshizer playing concertos written in the Soviet Era. Everyone knows the Arutunian Concerto but there was also this absolute gem … Continue reading

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A Sad Loss…

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