Ear Supply

  • Ear Supply: Fortunate Son

    Some composers have it so tough: Worrying over how to fulfill a request for a piece by Toscanini—who at the time, 1936, was merely the … More »

  • Ear Supply: The Accidental Seer

    Until recently, Jean Sibelius’ great acclaim in America during his lifetime (1865–1957) probably did him more harm than good. Being embraced by arch-conservative critics as … More »

  • Ear Supply: Just a Song at Twilight

    Seattle’s most improbable art space—for years a hulking gray Greyhound bus garage, now a scarcely more attractive empty lot, next spring to be an electrical … More »

  • Ear Supply: The Enchanter

    Though you’d think a nickname so catchy could have taken root, as far as I know Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826) has never been called … More »

  • Ear Supply: Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Hello Goodbye

    Of the two dozen or so pieces violinist Jennifer Koh has premiered, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2009 Violin Concerto is not one. Her performances with the Seattle … More »

  • Ear Supply: Richard Strauss and End Times

    “Indian summer” is a term often applied to Richard Strauss’ last works, in which he set aside the sensationalism of his earlier tone poems and … More »

  • Ear Supply: A Little Night Music

    In 1954, when it was finished, György Ligeti’s String Quartet no. 1 (“Métamorphoses Nocturnes”) satisfied neither side of the style wars. Taking off more or … More »

  • Ear Supply: The Musical Genius of the Silver Screen

    The very opening of Erich Korngold’s violin concerto demonstrates why he was the premier film composer of the silver screen’s Golden Age. The solo violin’s … More »

  • Ear Supply: Safe Space

    Even after the 20th century’s compositional style wars killed (forever, I hope) the notion that there should be one hegemonic musical style, one prevailing lingua … More »

  • Ear Supply: Location, Location, Location

    The Henry’s new exhibit, With Hidden Noise, “invites gallery and museum visitors to listen with ears they may not know they had.” Well, I definitely … More »

  • Ear Supply: The Emperor’s New Installation

    Just up the Moseley Path from the Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion, Trimpin's You Are Hear comprises three tractor seats embedded in a low concrete … More »

  • Ear Supply: With Laughing Song and Merry Dance

    With the sole exception of The Pirates of Penzance, which Broadway embraced, productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas are rarely attempted by large-scale theater companies. … More »

  • Ear Supply: Homophonic

    Of the three Old Master composers whose sexual preference has been speculated on in recent years, the case for Beethoven is the least convincing, positing … More »

  • Ear Supply: SSO Meets MP3

    It’s getting to be a challenge to keep up with the Seattle Symphony’s new initiatives since Ludovic Morlot arrived. Under Gerard Schwarz, the orchestra had … More »

  • Ear Supply: Violin = Piano

    We don’t necessarily think of Beethoven’s 10 violin sonatas as being revolutionary in the way that, say, his piano sonatas and string quartets were. But … More »

  • Ear Supply: Spring Resurrection

    Son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov, classmate of Stravinsky, teacher of Shostakovich: Maximilian Steinberg (1883–1946) was surrounded by three generations of musical fame without ever quite achieving it … More »

  • Ear Supply: Behind the Mask

    “I want more people to be engaged with new, living music,” says composer Aaron Grad. And what composer doesn’t? But Grad’s strategy is to get … More »

  • Ear Supply: Intimidating and Glittering

    For Richard Taruskin, no cow is sacred, the conventional rarely contains wisdom, and classical-music pieties are just so many piñatas to be gleefully beaten open … More »

  • Ear Supply: Death and Transfiguration

    Though Johann Sebastian Bach never wrote an opera, many hear his two settings of the Passion, the tale of Christ’s last days, as evidence that … More »

  • Ear Supply: Diabolus in Musica

    Anything you may read in program or liner notes about George Crumb’s 1970 Black Angels—the numerological structure (it’s all about 13s and 7s, apparently), the … More »