Erwin Schulhoff’s Flammen returns to the stage 90 years after its debut

Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff’s only opera, Flammen is returning to the stage in the original Czech for the first time since its premiere in 1932. The opera is a part of the National Theatre of Prague’s Musica non Grata series—translation: unwelcomed music—“revives the artistic legacy of male and female composers important to the musical lifeContinue reading “Erwin Schulhoff’s Flammen returns to the stage 90 years after its debut”

Opera Streams of the Week, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs on 5/6/2022 and more…

The Atlanta Opera is livestreaming The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates this Friday, May 6th at 8 pm ET. Originally commissioned by the Sante Fe opera, this production The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs is a coproduction with the Austin Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Calgary Opera, and the Utah Opera. Tickets toContinue reading “Opera Streams of the Week, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs on 5/6/2022 and more…”

The Jazz Problem: the shifting image of the saxophone in the 1920s

A couple of years ago, I picked up an old copy of The Etude from July of 1924. The editorial in that issue promised the next issue would be dedicated to jazz. I was one month too early. Luckily, the August 1924 issue is archived online. This issue is a great resource for jazz andContinue reading “The Jazz Problem: the shifting image of the saxophone in the 1920s”

Schott Music publishers now on the database

Schott Music ballets are now listed in the database. Schott music publishes works by Wolfgang Fortner, Hans Werner Henze, Hermann Reutter, Kurt Weill, and Mikis Theodorakis. Today’s notable entry is the 1926 ballet, Maly Balet by Czech composer, Iša Krejcí. This is the earliest work by a Czech composer in the database to this date.Continue reading “Schott Music publishers now on the database”

New Publishers on the Database

Edition Peters and Dreiklang-Dreimasken are now listed in the database. Edition Peters contains stage works by Jonathan Dove, William Albright, Cong Su, Maurice Kagel, Charles Wuorinen, Sir William Walton, and more. All of those composers works are now listed in the database. Dreiklang-Dreimasken contains the works of Austrian composers between the two world wars. You’llContinue reading “New Publishers on the Database”

New Ballets to Check Out

I just finished searching Universal Edition and they have some unique and beloved ballets. Here’s a few highlights. Date: 1921-22 Ballet: Skating Rink, by Arthur Honegger Alto Saxophone Date: 1927 Ballet: Ballet-Music, by Zoltán Kodály Alto Saxophone Date: 1928 Ballet: Baby in der Bar, by Wihelm Grosz Alto/Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor/Baritone Saxophone 1950-54 Ballet:Continue reading “New Ballets to Check Out”

New Ballets in the Database

Here’s some notable ballets added to the database today. See if any of your favorites are in the database. Date: 1936 Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, by Sergey Prokofiev Tenor Saxophone Date: 1876 Sylvia, by Léo Delibes Alto Saxophone Date: 1983 Ulysses, by John Harbison Soprano Saxophone Date: 1983 Glass Pieces, by Philip Glass 2Continue reading “New Ballets in the Database”

The Opera Database is expanding to include Ballets

Currently, I’m updating the opera database to include ballets that use the saxophone. As I add new works, I’ll highlight some of my findings. Here’s what I found today. Date: 1935 Le Chevalier Errant, by Jacques Ibert Alto Saxophone Date: 1910 La Fête Chez Thérèse, by Reynaldo Hahn Alto Saxophone Date: 1942 Gayaneh, by AramContinue reading “The Opera Database is expanding to include Ballets”

Saxophone Solos in Romantic Operas and Ballets, videos for 3/6/2021 presentation

Hamlet (1868)- Ambroise Thomas The Metropolitan Opera, 2010 Sylvia (1876)- Léo Delibes Opéra National de Paris, 2005 Hérodiade (1881)- Jules Massenet Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), 1984 Werther (1892)- Jules Massenet Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna), 2015 Turandot (1926)- Giacomo Puccini Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, 2015 Teatro Communale Firenze (Florence, Italy) at the Forbidden City of Beijing,Continue reading “Saxophone Solos in Romantic Operas and Ballets, videos for 3/6/2021 presentation”