June 23, 2002
The standard repertory for piano is large. But it is just the tip of an ivory iceberg of interesting music that has been written for keyboard during the past 400 years. There are almost limitless discoveries to be made, and it turns out that we miss a lot. Below is a look at little-known, and in some cases downright obscure, work by composers (some of whom are also downright obscure) that has fallen below the standard repertory radar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2002 |
Igor Kipnis, one of the preeminent American harpsichordists and advocates for the instrument, died Wednesday at his home in Connecticut. He was 71. He had suffered recently from cancer, according to the Associated Press. Son of Alexander Kipnis, a principal bass with the Berlin State Opera, Igor was born Sept. 27, 1930. His father, although Jewish, remained an audience favorite during the initial years of the Nazi era, but for the sake of safety he moved the family to Vienna.
November 16, 2000 |
Since the beginning of the rock era, records from England and the United States have had a profound influence on Latin American music. During the '60s, Latin artists tried to emulate the Beatles and Bob Dylan. In the '70s, they imitated progressive rock, and the new wave of the early '80s inspired such rock en espanol groups as Caifanes and Soda Stereo. It was inevitable, then, that hip-hop would sooner or later result in a new subgenre, rap en espanol.
December 19, 1999 |
In 1974, Holliger and a merry band of Baroque players unleashed six refreshingly oddball Trio Sonatas by hitherto-forgotten Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) onto unsuspecting turntables. "Aha," some thought, "a neglected genius"; but as the freshness of discovery wore off, the early music movement moved on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997
William P. Kasimoff, 75, piano and harpsichord dealer and tuner. Born in Los Angeles to Russian immigrant parents, Kasimoff was himself a musician, playing the clarinet with the San Gabriel Symphony. He learned the art of piano tuning as an apprentice. For 34 years, Kasimoff was the only licensed U.S. dealer for German Bluthner pianos and Neupert harpsichords. His Kasimoff-Bluthner Piano Co., first located in Pasadena and now at 337 N. Larchmont Blvd.
February 14, 1997 |
Musicians who have something to prove make for engaging listening. Their concerts become arguments for the cause, whether it's Berlioz, Byzantine chant or the sousaphone. Patricia Mabee and Barbara Cadranel are two such musicians, out to show that their instrument, the harpsichord, is not the cool, antique medium we might think it is.