August 2018

  1. Obscure Music Monday: Glière's 8 Pieces for Violin and Cello

    Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (Jan. 11, 1875 - June 23, 1956) was a Russian/Soviet composer and violinist born in Kiev, of German-Polish descent. Son of a wind instrument maker, Glière's father noticed his son's talent, and enrolled him in the Kiev School of Music, where he played violin. In 1894 he entered the Moscow Conservatory, and graduated in 1900, after composing a one act opera entitled...
  2. Obscure Music Monday: Caimmi's Souvenir d'Amour

    Italo Caimmi (July 26, 1871 - May 21, 1964) was an Italian double bassist and pedagogue. Thought not a great deal is known about Caimmi, we do know that he studied at The Conservatory of Pesaro, with the great double bass pedagogue Isaiah Bille. He was also an accomplished pianist, and was moderately successful as a soloist in both instruments, playing in several countries. As an orchestral musician, he played at La Scala, and taught in conservatories. He wrote a method book that was important in the Italian school of double bass playing. Continue reading →
  3. Obscure Music Monday: Bottesini's Duo Concertante for Violin and Bass

    Giovanni Bottesini (Dec. 22, 1821 - July 7, 1889) was an Italian conductor, composer, and double bass virtuoso, born in to a musical family. Continue reading →
  4. Obscure Music Monday: Fuchs' Double Bass Sonata

    Robert Fuchs (Feb. 15, 1847 - Feb. 19, 1927) was an Austrian composer and music professor who taught many famous composers.   Continue reading →

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