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El Pasatiempo Nacional

Y yo que me pensaba que el chisme era el pasatiempo nacional de los cubanos y que ya seguramente habríamos obtenido el récord del mayor rendimiento en chismorrería en el famoso Libro Guiness. Después de todo, el chisme, cultivado entre… Continue Reading →

Viva la libertá

When Don Giovanni sings Viva la libertá (Long live freedom), do not think for a second he means it. The only freedom he cares about is that to do as he wishes- no matter who gets hurt. Were not the great achievements of… Continue Reading →

A Fine Line

What a fine line we classical musicians have to tread! Most everyone already has heard most of the pieces we play; some listeners even know every single note. We are suppoused to be faithful to the score, yet not sound… Continue Reading →

“Musical Coaching”

Most musical coaching- and most music teaching, for that matter- falls within what Freire called the “banking education” model (Freire, 1968). In a typical session, the expert (the well of knowledge) instructs the artist or student, otherwise known as the… Continue Reading →

Sardines

  Opera is a complex art that can very well be compared to a can of sardines. The can can be made to look very fancy. It can be covered with expensive paper and sold for a high price. Cans… Continue Reading →

To Frau Haydn’s rescue- it is about time

Maria Anna Theresia Keller, the true wife of Joseph Haydn, as researched by Michael Lorenz and attested by me, who met her. This miniature from the Burgenländisches Landesmuseum paints a rather kind likeness of her.          … Continue Reading →

Al rescate de Frau Haydn- ya era hora

No es justo! Quién pone en duda la genialidad de Haydn? No hay una página suya- ni siquiera un compás-  donde su talento no se ponga de manifiesto. Todos alabamos a Haydn.  Muy bien- sin duda- pero poco se ha hablado, sin… Continue Reading →

Butterflies

Mariposas

Las mariposas no van a la escuela. Eso sí, las mariposas mamás se aseguran de dejar los huevos juntitos en hojas suculentas, de esas que saben que les gustan. Luego de que salen de los huevos, las traviesas orugas se… Continue Reading →

Liszt: admiradores y detractores

Hoy 22 de noviembre, Día Internacional del Músico, he estado leyendo algunas de las cartas de Franz Liszt. Este gran compositor húngaro vivió una vida plena y activa y todavía encontró tiempo en medio de la composición, la enseñanza, la… Continue Reading →

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