1685 – An Annus Mirabilis

  Mahlerman celebrates one of the most important years in musical history, when three great composers entered the world... In this post we looked at 1934 and discovered that within a few short months of each other, three great British composers slipped off the coil; a bad year by any measure. Today we journey ... Read More...

Four Great Female Composers

Is serious music a man's game? Not necessarily, says Mahlerman... Back in 2006 Nicholas Kenyon, then Controller BBC Proms, received an unmerciful kicking in the press and elsewhere for not including a single work by a woman in that season's programmes.  And even when the compositions of women do appear, they ... Read More...

Apollo and Dionysus

Mahlerman explores the idea that music can be a balance between order and freedom, control and intuition, between the Apollonian and the Dionysian... What is important for the lucid ordering of the work - for its crystallisation - is that all the Dionysian elements which set the imagination of the artist ... Read More...

On Concertos for Multiple Soloists

Fiendish complexity and classical supergroups this week, as Mahlerman treats us to some concertos for multiple soloists... Back in November of 2012  ("Ooh, you are awful…but I like you") our own Philip Wilkinson suggested a post 'on concertos with multiple soloists'  -  and I duly stored the suggestion in what still ... Read More...

The Other Peter the Great

  Music snobs used to look down on the supreme melodist Tchaikovsky. More fool them, says Mahlerman... More than fifty years ago, when I stopped keeping spit in a bottle and began to find pictures of native African girls in National Geographic arousing, I also became aware in my fevered wanderings that the ... Read More...