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What if he was somewhere else…?

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I happened to be listening to Dmitri Shostakovich’s magnificent masterpiece, the 5thSymphony, the other day which made me go back and listen to the prior symphony, the 4th, not a work I know all that well due to it being not quite so immediate. This is the symphony that Shostakovich held back from performance for many…

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Origins! (Part 2)

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In the first part of my very brief overview of the origins of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal I looked at six groups that were an influence on the burgeoning underground of the NWOBHM. Ok, the bands named are only just scratching the surface, and there were many more, but to most of…

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Origins! (Part 1)

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When anyone says those immortal words “Heavy Metal”, you always know what the vast majority of people’s response will be to them: they scurry off like vampires from a sunburst! Yet this one genre is actually a British homemade affair, with the Heavy Metal scene of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s being a breakthrough…

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The First Operas: Monteverdi

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In this instalment of “The First Operas” I will be concentrating on the master of the early genre, Claudio Monteverdi. This post continues on from my previous blog on Early Opera for the Open College of Arts and should be instructive for those interested in this fascinating area of music. Monteverdi was not the first…

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