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Moon Tempo

Moon tempo? Allow me to back up a bit, or rather a lot. During the summer of 1969 I performed the role of Henry Kleber, the music teacher of American…

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Discovery Orchestra Chat 105 – Interpretation

The content of a piece of classical music has been fixed since it was finished by the composer who wrote it. But what about the words “Moderately Fast” or “Loud”…

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Discovery Orchestra Chat 103 – Another Episode of Program Music

Maestro Maull gives us a piece of program music that he has loved since he was 18. Program music is written by composers when they have a specific picture to…

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Discovery Orchestra Chat 97 – Noticing Tempo Change #2

In this Chat, Maestro Maull challenges you to count the number of tempo changes in Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #6 – are you up to the challenge?

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Conductor Humor

After my last, long rant on texting at symphonic concerts – I think it’s time to lighten up. Conductors notoriously take themselves too seriously. I guess it goes with the…

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Discovery Orchestra Chat 88 – Things to Practice Noticing Part 4

In this fourth and final chat in the series, Maestro Maull shows us how to notice more detail in the music we listen to.

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These programs were amazing, truly life-changing. The first few almost overwhelmed me – there was so much that I couldn’t take it all in. When I listened to the last one and was able to follow through to the end, I realized how much I had learned! As I mentioned, I’ve always loved listening to music – my parents (with no musical background) played classical music constantly in the house and bought me records along the lines of “A child’s introduction to classic music” and “listen to the violins” (records that I still have and passed down to my children when they were younger). I continued their tradition of playing “guess the composer” while playing classical music at dinnertime with my children and now they are doing the same with their children.

— Attendee of NJPAC Classical Conversations with Maestro Maull

 

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