Category: This & That

Cortical Songs Album Release 21st July 2008

Patty at OboeInsight has the tip of the iceberg on this newflash. Here’s some of the remaining 9/10ths. The Guardian reports that, “[Thom] Yorke is one of 11 musicians – among them Simon Tong from Gorillaz, John Maclean of the…

Wry

Alex Ross writes about Tan Dun with a little more finesse that this bivalve can muster on the subject. “Tan quickly gravitated to New York’s downtown scene, particularly to the world of John Cage. By combining Cage’s chance processes and…

A Glimmer Of Hope

Just when Miss Mussel was about to enter the depths of despair regarding her career choice on a more permanent basis, Musical America brings news that Anne Midgette has been hired as chief classical music critic at the Washington Post….

Home And Native Land

It’s Canada Day today, folks. Miss Mussel’s seal skin trousers are at the cleaners, so she’ll be attending the fireworks in the usual cotton fibres. Here’s a gallery of things that make Miss Mussel proud to be from north of…

6 Components Of A Winning Complaint Letter

Writing a letter of complaint is an art form and, as any dedicated complainer knows, there are several important elements that must be included to guarantee a result. What is it complainers want? Public Recognition Of Their Grievance. Why? Because…

A Few Words On The Ondes Martenot

Created in 1928 by Maurice Martenot, the ondes Martenot was the first practical electric instrument. On principle it works the same as the theremin but in practice, they are quite different, mostly because the ondes Martenot requires physical contact in…

Alexander Neef New COC Director

The Canadian Opera Company have been looking for a new general director since the much-loved Richard Bradshaw died unexpectedly in August 2007. This morning, the COC announced that German-born Alexander Neef, currently the casting director at the Opera Nationale de…

Quiz #21: Lost In The Post

1) The envelope containing the results for this week’s quiz was delayed by a rather spectacular but still plausible series of events involving a tiger, a pair of galoshes and three pieces of old Canadian cheddar. 2) Miss Mussel stayed…

A propos

Miss Mussel is partaking in that horror of horrors: editing a book manuscript. It’s the worst kind of work, a circumstance not mitigated in the slightest by the fact that is a necessary process that will result in a better…

Summer Project

Over the course of her music writing career, Miss Mussel has had occasion to write notes for 109 pieces, 20 of which have been Herr Beethoven’s piano sonatas. You don’t have to be much of a pianist to recognize that…

And we’re back

Another person who uses Miss Mussel’s host hogged all the bandwidth and caused a total blackout for everyone else today. Many of you must have spent most of the day curled up in the corner wondering if life is worth…

Bernard Holland’s Jane Chord

Itzhak violist. What’s a Jane Chord? [Don’t worry, Miss Mussel didn’t know either until about a month ago] Of course, if we want to get all technical, two notes make an interval, not a chord. When the rules are bent…

Turangalila Advice

Question 1: If Miss Mussel were contracted to write a 1500-word essay/program note about Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony, (and she is) where should she go first for information? Any seminal publications/articles/recordings pop into mind? A university library is available for journal…

Elora Festival 2008 Highlights

The Elora Festival is now in its 29th year and presents a widely varying program including classical choral and chamber music, jazz and folk over four weeks in July and August. Elora is about roughly an hour and a half…

Festival Of The Sound 2008 Season Highlights

Founded by Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti in 1980, the Festival Of The Sound has become one of Canada’s best known summer music festivals. The venue is the beautiful northern Ontario town of Parry Sound, located on Georgian Bay, roughly 150…

KW Symphony 2008/09 Season Highlights

Kitchener-Waterloo is about an hour west of Toronto, an hour east of London, and an hour and half from Niagara Falls. If you live somewhere between here and there, take a drive over some night and take in a concert…

An OM First

It’s annoying on occasion, but for the most part, Miss Mussel doesn’t mind the spam comments that try to append themselves to posts undetected. She finds it fascinating that, all of the sudden, one post can attract so much for…