Today, February 17, 2018, is the birthday of my wife, Julia Weston Faunce Carragan. She was a mediaevalist and a career teacher and a profound enthusiast for music of early times. She made an exception in the case of the first of the Sonata-Triad by Nicolas Medtner, who was a close friend of my [...]
The concert also included music by Franz Schubert, Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Esta Blood, and Cole Porter. The audience overflowed the hall. They repeat it in just an hour from now!
The Second Viennese School was well-established before the war, but may be said to have taken definitive nature after the war and was clearly affected by it (Wozzeck, e.g.). What I mean by choosing 1914 as the beginning of the twentieth century is that the wars interrupted what otherwise might have been a regular development [...]
This is the letter of thanks that Anton Bruckner wrote in 1892 to the Vienna Philharmonic in thanks for their highly-successful and well-received premiere performance of his Eighth Symphony under Hans Richter. Note the beautiful and controlled script in a combination of Kurrentschrift and Latein. This was at the time of composition of [...]
From the Classical Vault Dept.: Bill Carragan made his name as a Bruckner scholar – he completed that composer’s unfinished ninth symphony, as well as producing performing editions of others of those symphonies – while working as a physics professor. And he has turned his formidable powers to other musical challenges as [...]
This is a preview or trailer for my article “Eighty Years of the Bruckner Second”, a longitudinal survey of 148 performances of that symphony from 1938 to 2017, to be published in the next issue of The Bruckner Journal.
This is a preliminary video of Louis Lohraseb leading the Indiana University Concert Orchestra in Chaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, the one with the fate-and-triumph motto that occurs in all four movements. This piece is heard a lot, but never have I heard it conducted with such insight and attention to nuance, especially at the beginning with [...]
A wonderful, elegant, and monumental experience, this cigar: CAO Flathead "Steel Horse", 6½ inches long, 66 ring gauge. Most cigars are less than 56 ring gauge. It's the biggest cigar I have smoked since three years ago when I started to sing and edit for the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Bruckner would have loved it, and [...]
This is going to be very fine. Louis has many interesting and effective ideas for this difficult symphony and is getting excellent feedback from the orchestra. I wish I could be there! https://www.facebook.com/events/180108489171205/
This is my wife, Julia Weston Faunce Carragan, as recently painted by Hedvig Lockwood of Hudson, New York. It was created from a photograph of Julie taken at Camp Dippikill in the southern Adirondacks in about 1980, where after making an ascent and having firelight dinner with other climbers she was listening to great stories [...]