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Chamber Music – The Best Way to Play

Chamber Music – The Best Way to Play

There are three basic categories of classical music that performers can choose from – orchestral music, solo music, and chamber music.  Obviously within those categories are infinite sub-categories and genres, but when we perform, we do so in one of those three ways.  I have […]

Final Four – Tournament of Classical Music

Final Four – Tournament of Classical Music

Well, here we are.  I’ve been out of town performing and that’s made me a little negligent when it comes to writing for my blog.  I’m going to fix that with a bunch of posts this week before I go out of town again.  Today, […]

Tournament Update – Beethoven and Stravinsky Brackets

Tournament Update – Beethoven and Stravinsky Brackets


Tournament Update 1The games are afoot, so to speak, in the Tournament of Classical Music!  Here is the first update and results post.  Now, this year I’m determining the results on my own.  In future years, with more readers, I will probably put it to a vote.  As far as this year is concerned, I am going with my own opinions as to the winners of each match-up.  As in the regular NCAA Tournament, there are always upsets.  There have been some big ones in the Stravinsky bracket already.  Here’s what we have so far:

Beethoven Bracket – 1st Round

Update of Beethoven Bracket
Results – Click for full-size

#1 Beethoven 9th over #16 Mozart 40 – Well, duh.

#8 Ein Heldenleben over #9 Gounod, Faust – Faust is a great opera, but Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben is just awesome.

#4 Symphonie Fantastique over #13 Carmen – Ripped from the headlines, you have drugs, murder, and demons.  Berlioz all the way.

#2 American in Paris over #15 Shostakovitch 10 – Dmitri’s great symphony was probably way under-seeded, but still falls to Gershwin’s toe-tapping symphonic work.

#10 La Traviata over #7 Bruckner 7 – The only upset in this bracket.  Despite Bruckner’s greatest symphony, Verdi (Joe Green) is the master at opera.

#3 Brahms 4th over #14 Faure Requiem – I listened to the Faure several times this week, and while it’s beautiful, Brahms’ “Symphony about Nothing” is the clear winner here.

#6 Prokofiev “Classical” over #11 Milhaud Cow Piece – OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but Le Beouf sur le Toit just doesn’t hold up to Prokofiev’s masterful “Classical” symphony.

While there are no huge upsets here, this bracket seems to be one that will hold serve all the way to the end.  Or will it…?


Stravinsky Bracket – 1st Round

Update Stravinsky Bracket
Results – click for full-size

Seems like we didn’t have much in the way of upsets in the Beethoven Bracket.  Well, let’s see what happens when we update the Stravinsky Bracket, shall we?

#1 Rite of Spring over #16 Daphnis and Chloe Suite 2 – Again, duh.

#9 Schumann 3rd Symphony over #8 Smetena Bartered Bride – Here is a mild upset.  Schumann poured his (bat-poop crazy) soul into his 3rd symphony and it deserves this win.

#4 Missa Solemnis over #13 Porgy and Bess – It’s always tough to put Gershwin’s greatest work into the loser column, but too many people see Ludwig’s great mass as his best effort.

#12Mathis der Maler over #5 Verdi Requiem – Typical of the NCAA Tournament, a 12-seed usually wins in the first round.  Let’s give some love to the 20th century here, yes?

#2 Berg, Wozzcek over #15 Mendelssohn “Italian” Symphony – I love ‘ol Felix as much as the next guy, but Wozzcek is just too important not to win here.

#10 Magic Flute over #7 Brahms Requiem – This was a tough one, but ultimately, Mozart’s great, late, and beloved opera wins the day.

#3 Copeland 3rd over #14 Holst, Planets – Personally, I fell like the great Copeland symphony might be dark horse pick for the final four (at least).  Maybe if Holst knew about Pluto…

#11 Puccini, Tosca over #6 Carmina Burana – Another huge upset in this bracket.  I love Orff’s great choral work, but I think I love Tosca more.

Tournament Update – Looking ahead

These results set up some interesting match-ups in the second round.  We have a terrific match-up in Mahler 9 vs. the Symphonie Fantastique.  In the Stravinsky Bracket we have Wozzcek vs. The Magic Flute – arguably the two greatest operas of their times battling it out in the second round.

Stay tuned for the other two brackets tomorrow or Saturday.  We’re in for a wild ride, folks!

Tournament of Classical Music – The Brackets

Tournament of Classical Music – The Brackets

March is here, and with it comes the madness.  March Madness to be exact.  My version of March Madness is The Tournament of Classical Music.  This post announces the brackets and the play-in game winners.  For an overview and explanation of the rules, you can […]

The Tournament of Classical Music – Overview

The Tournament of Classical Music – Overview

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for many years.  The Tournament of Classical Music.  The NCAA basketball tournament is one of my favorite 3 weeks in sports and it’s coming soon.  Sixty-four teams (not including the play-in games) compete for the national championship.  […]