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Dr. Jimbob's Classical Music Ravings
These are a few biographical sketches, comments on recordings, and other general ramblings about Western art music that I wrote for the classical music newsgroup and the All-Music Guide.
Sometimes, I still get requests for some of these, so I'm posting the ones I like on this page.
In addition, I have been singing in choruses since 1985 and studying classical voice privately since about 2000. I have prepared clean copies of texts and translations for program books both for my chorus and for my solo recitals. You can see my resume as a performer along with some of the texts, translations and essays linked below.
Keep in mind, though, that this stuff is out of date (circa 1996, though some of the pages have been revised since then), not always factually correct, half of it's been unconsciously plagiarized from other sources, and of course it's my opinion. You may not agree, you may not ultimately share it, but that's the risk you take when you read all that free stuff on the web. So you've been warned.
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- Classical record labels and retailers (MusicWeb International)
- Chandos family of labels
- EMI Archive Trust
- Harmonia Mundi (in the U.S., distributes Appian, Calliope, Channel Classics, Dutton Vocalion, Gimell, Hyperion, and Testament among others!)
- Music & Arts
- New World Records
- Sony Masterworks (includes what was once known as Columbia or CBS)
- Vivendi Music (includes EMI, Virgin Records, Decca / London, Philips and the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.)
- Warner Classics
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Classical Sheet Music
Brick and Mortar Sheet Music Stores
Digital and On-Line Sheet Music Vendors
Classical Music Publishers
Public Domain (i.e. cheap) Editions
Vocal Music Introductions
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- J.S. BACH: Cantata: Der Herr denket an uns, BWV 196
- Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis in D, Op. 123
- Anton BRUCKNER: Four Motets
- Giacomo CARISSIMI: Oratorio, Jephte
- Emmanuel CHABRIER/Rosemonde GÉRARD and Edmond ROSTAND: Volailleries (Barnyard Suite)
- Gabriel FAURÉ: Requiem
- Arthur HONEGGER: Symphonic Psalm, Le Roi David
- Claudio MONTEVERDI: Motets: Adoramus te, Christe and Cantate Domino
- Claudio MONTEVERDI: Mass in four parts (1650)
- Wolfgang Amadè MOZART: Mass in c, K 427 (417a)
- Wolfgang Amadè MOZART: Motet: Ave verum corpus, K 618
- Franz SCHUBERT/Wilhelm Müller: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D.795
- Robert SCHUMANN/Heinrich HEINE: Dichterliebe, Op. 48
- Robert SCHUMANN/Emanuel GEIBEL: Spanish Songs; Maurice RAVEL/Paul MORAND: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Song Texts, Pronunciation and Translation
Music Links - General
- Instant Encore
Links to concert listings all over the world, streaming music and video and links to classical music news sites, blogs, et. al.
- NPR Classical
- Alex Ross's classical music blog
- Jeremy Denk's classical music blog
- Anne Ozorio's classical music blog
- Eric Sams Institute
An on line archive of essays and reviews about classical art song, Shakespeare, cryptography, and other interesting things.
- Lloyd Schwartz's reviews for NPR
- Music Theory Fundamentals
GuitarJunky's ambitious one-page introduction to the basics of music theory
- The Method Behind The Music
Ben Hollis's nifty introduction to music theory, the mechanics physics of sound production, an introduction to the styles and history of music, some basics about conducting and a virtual piano for practicing while you surf!
- Austrian Tourism Board musician pages
A surprisingly well done series of biographical sketches on a variety of famous Austrian composers, from the Austrian Tourism Board!
- BBC Classical Music Search
Provides brief biographies and a music dictionary from the Grove Concise Dictionary of Music. Also has a nifty repository of in-depth profiles of assorted major composers and musicians.
- A Brief History of Singing
- Classical Net
A comprehensive repository of data on composers, recordings, and links
Searchable database of events on this day in classical music history
- Composers Database
Jos Smeets's compendium of links to other pages on the web
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer
A virtual journal and blog of the classical music scene in Boston. I'm not sure I would trust some of the reviews.
- Gramophone Archive
A database of record reviews from the most venerable classical music magazine.
- International Phoenetic Association
The page of an organization that studies the sounds of speech. Includes very useful resources on the International Phoenetic Alphabet (IPA), an essential resource for a singer trying to learn how to sing texts in a language (s)he does not speak.
- Online Resources for Music Scholars
A basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites. Maintained by Harvard University but most of the sites are available to the general public.
- Igudemsan and Joo
The funniest classical music duo this side of Victor Borge & Son.
- Viola Joke Compendium
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Music Links - Specific
These are selected pages about specific composers which I find especially nifty.
- Bach Digital
A detailed and global database with digital reproductions of works and sources by J. S. Bach and the whole Bach family
- J.S. Bach Home Page
A comprehensive web resource for information on J.S. Bach, including an excellent brief biography, an extensive (unannotated) bibliography of books and articles on Bach, his life, and his music, recommended recordings, MIDI files, and a select list of links to other Bach-relevant web sites.
- Bach Cantatas Home Page (Aryeh Oron)
Aryeh Oron's extraordinary database of information on all of Bach's vocal works, including texts, translations and notes on recordings.
- Bach Cantatas page (Walter Bischof)
Another invaluable resource, with cantatas and other vocal works sortable by church calendar, arias sortable by solo instrument and voice types
A comprehensive site based at the Beethoven museum in Bonn. Includes an impressive digital archive of music manuscripts, sketches, letters, and pictures.
- The Eroica Project
A fascinating site by Eric Grunin cataloging hundreds of recordings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in Eb, and analyzing trends in interpretation over the decades.
- International Gustav Mahler Society
- Médiathèque Musicale Mahler, Paris
- Mahler Archives
- Digital New Mozart Edition
The complete New Mozart Edition, digitally available with sheet music and critical notes.
- Schubert Institute (UK)
- New Schubert Edition home page
- Schumann Network
- Heinrich Schütz work catalog
- Music under Soviet Rule
An impressive collection of documents and photographs about music created under the Soviet empire.
Music manuscript archives