Music manuscript orchestra, very cute!

Music manuscript orchestra, very cute!

 Last Sunday the 11th of October music’s velvety chocolate mud cake, graced the stage of Hamer Hall. The London Philharmonic Orchestra were one of the main international attractions of this years Melbourne International Arts Festival. The Sunday concert was musical cream, the afternoon’s repertoir was Richard Wagner’s (1813 – 1883) Prelude to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Tchaikovsky’s (1840 – 1893) Violin Concerto in D, Op.35 with violin soloist Vadim Repin, and the show stopper Beethoven’s (1770 – 1827) Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55, Eroica.

The orchestra was conducted by a very entertaining Vladimir Jurowski, who has been conducting the orchestra since 2007, he had the audience in the palm of his hand even before he walked on stage, as he made the audience wait in anticipation for 10 minutes after the orchestra had entered the stage and tuned their instruments, but it was deffanatly worth the wait.

The repertoire was performed flawlessly and beautifully, but my favourite moment was when they performed the Australian National Anthem, I have never been more proud and moved to hear it played so well, it really is a lovely piece of music that we should be proud of.

I would like to thank the Melbourne International Arts Festival for organising such a wonderful concert and talent, it was a privilege to be able to experience one of the worlds best orchestras in Melbourne, and its wonderful the discounts for student tickets. I can not wait to see what they have lined up for next year!

Inside of the piano

Inside of the piano

I am becoming more and more annoyed with our government about the culling of the performance based arts colleges, for example the funding which was pulled from the Australian National Music Academy, and has not been returned yet even though the college has made efforts to comply with the government, and now the issues surrounding the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, after their funding was pulled The University of Melbourne purchased the school and now plans to implement its very unpopular Melbourne Model of teaching which ultimately means that performance will not be practical rather an academic venture.

When Peter Garrett, our “competent” Federal Arts minister was interviewed recently on Artworks, on ABC FM he denied any responsibility, stating that it was not part of his portfolio, but surely he has a opinon on the matter, and being the former frontman to Midnight Oil, you would hope that he recognises this problem and he should be outraged.

How are we supposed to move forward on an International standard when we deny our gifted artists the space and support they deserve and need to become the best performers they can be, this makes Australia backwards in the arts and this should be an issue that would enter the portfolio of Mr Garrett, if he can not put it there himself.


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Nathan has a Bachelor in Music from the Melba Conservatorium of Music and is currently performing around Australia and recently in London.

Where er you walk composed by G.F Handel, first verse only.


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Composed by G.F Handel. This is from the Baroque era, enjoy.

George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)  Born in Halle, Germany 1685 began his love for music by playing the organ, even though his father was not a fan of music, Handel was heard playing the organ at church by the Duke who insisted that he had to study music. After only three years of study under Friederich Zachow, it was said that he had nothing further that he could teach him. After his father’s death in 1703 he moved to Hamburg to compose German opera, where he composed the opera Almira, after three years he moved to Italy where he received much fame and attention, as a composer and keyboard virtuoso. 1711 saw Handel move to London to work and in 1727 he became a British citizen and he introduced us to the genre called Oratorio dramatised stories, usually of sacred texts still with very dramatic and large works of music exactly like an opera, his most famous is the Messiah which is still performed globally in the lead up to Christmas. 1753 dealt him a huge blow he became blind, but continued to work playing the organ and conducting, and in April 1759 whilst conducting the Messiah he collapsed , and then died on the 14th of April 1759. Handel is buried in Westminster Abby and the monument that was erected at his request is of him at a table with the Messiah in front of him open at “I know that my Redeemer liveth”.

Nicholas.J, The Great Composers, the lives and music of 50 great classical composers, Quercus, London 2007.

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Wishing you were somehow here again, from Andrew Lloyd Webbers most famous work Phantom of the Opera.

Andrew Lloyd Webber in an English musical theatre composer born the 22nd of March 1948 in Kensington, London and is the son of organist and formers director of the Royal College of Music in London and the brother of cellist Jullian Lloyd Webber. Andrew published his first piece of music at age 9, which was the beginning to the composition of 13 musicals, such as Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has had great success on Broadway and the West End in London with some of his musicals reaching a decade of continuous shows. Webber is also the recipient of one Academy award, one Golden Globe, three Grammy awards, seven Tony awards and he has been Knighted by the Queen of England

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Naomi Summers is a soprano currently studying at the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) , she has her BA in Music from the Melba Conservatorium of Music.

Plesir d’amour – composed by Gabriel Urbain Faure, a french composer born in Pamiers Ariege Midi – Pyrenees on the 12th of May 1845, he was also an organist, pianist and teacher, who later influenced the way harmony and melody were taught. He was mostly influenced by french composer Camille Saint – Saens who he met whilst studying music at the Ecolo Niedermeyer in Paris. Most of Faure’s career was spent working for Saint – Saens at his salon Saint – Sulpice. During the 1890’s he became the composition instructor at the Conservertoire de Paris, where he taught harmony and melody to notable french composers Ravel and Boulanger. Later in 1905 Faure became the Conservertoire’s director. Further along in his life he began to have sever hearing problems which he desperately tried to conceal his aillment, but at the age of 75 it forced him into retirement, but he did leave himself available to young composers, like Les Six who he inspired. In 1924 Faure died in Paris of pneumonia.

Plesir d’amour – translation

The pleasure of love lasts only a moment, The pain of love lasts a lifetime, I gave up everything for Sylvia, She is leaving me for another lover, The pleasure of love lasts only a moment, The pain of love lasts a lifetime, As long as this water will run gently, Towards this brook which boarders the meadow, I will love you, Sylvia told me repeatedly, The water still runs, but she has changed. The pleasure of love lasts only a moment, The pain of love lasts a lifetime.

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Opera record and manuscript

Opera record and manuscript