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...

Built from the loam

Is it possible to capture the essence of a place in a piece of music? Mahlerman examines some composers who tried... In the early years of the 19th Century (certainly not before) the idea that the essence of a region or country, the weight of its social institutions and its most ... Read More...

Four Quartets

This week Mahlerman turns his attention to the Late Quartets of Beethoven - music so great that even T S Eliot would struggle to put it into words... "I should like to get something of that into verse before I die." This is how TS Eliot, in a letter to his friend ... Read More...