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Inside Music: Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Part 1

Beethoven’s 9th – the Last 10 Minutes Part 1

The last ten minutes of the final movement of Beethoven’s final symphony are so full of emotionally moving detail that host George Marriner Maull devotes two episodes of Inside Music…

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Inside Music: A Belated Valentine

A Belated Valentine

The creation of emotional tension and the release of it is a common aesthetic goal among all composers of wordless, abstract music. The moment of greatest emotional intensity in a…

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Inside Music: Not a Bang but a Gentle Goodbye

Gentle Goodbyes

The first and final movements of many symphonies and concertos end with a bang! “Send them home on a high note!” But that is not universally the case. George Marriner…

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Inside Music: The Jokes On Us

The Joke’s On Us

Have you ever attended a symphony orchestra concert or chamber music recital, when suddenly the person next to you began to chuckle or laugh under their breath. You may have…

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Inside Music: Camille saint Saens, Organ Symphony

3-2-1 Blast Off

The psychological skill of elaboration – the ability to develop an idea or create variations of an idea – is explored in the Finale of Symphony No. 3 by Camille…

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Inside Music: Scared ya Didn't I, Brahms' Symphony No. 2

Scared ya Didn’t I?

Composer Johannes Brahms knew well the shock effect of sudden dynamic changes. George Marriner Maull exposes this Brahms trait as found in Movement 4 of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Inside…

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