So classes started yesterday, reminding me how exhausting it can be to stand up in front of groups of students for four hours. I have the same basic schedule as last semester, just moved up one in the sequence of courses: Theory II, Theory IV, and Musicianship IV. I really want to teach an upper level class again soon.
Since I haven't done this in a while, the Best of the Rest are blogs that are not in the top 25-50 classical blog lists, but that I feel deserve some extra exposure.
1. Theme and Variations: Robert teaches us about the composer/violinist Charles-Auguste de Beriot.
2. 2'23": Philip Gentry explains that Lady GaGa is at the front edge of a new movement in virtuosic provocation, in The Law of GaGa.
3. Hearing the Movies: Jim Buhler extols the Wikipedia article on Illustrated Songs, and provides a video example from 1909.
4. Classical Convert: Things I Learned from the Cleveland Orchestra strike.
5. Feast of Music: Peter Matthews explains why the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the best orchestras, pound-for-pound, in America.