Ear Supply

  • Ear Supply: A Suite of One’s Own?

    It’s rare for composers to make headlines, and unprecedented for their spouses to do so; but one scholar’s theory that Anna Magdalena Bach (1701–60), second … More »

  • Ear Supply: Doctor of Music

    “Withing” is a term coined by Seattle physician Hope Wechkin that means, in the most basic sense, being with someone, existing in their physical presence. … More »

  • Ear Supply: Adjusted for Inflation

    Conventional wisdom says the violin is the instrument most like the human voice, but in Judy Dunaway’s hands—disturbingly so—it’s the balloon. Inspired by the unconventionality … More »

  • Ear Supply: The Quiet Disruptor

    Not all aesthetic radicals are motivated by aggression. Some just quietly go about their business, making art of such personal interiority it seems to come … More »

  • Ear Supply: “Le Mozart Noir.” A Tribute to Joseph Bologne

    The son of a French plantation owner and one of his slaves, Joseph Bologne (1745–99) was brought from his birthplace of Guadeloupe to France for … More »

  • Ear Supply: Sharing the Spotlight

    The traditional view of classical-music genres puts concertos and chamber music at opposite ends of the taste spectrum: flashy, shallow, and crowd-pleasing vs. highbrow and … More »

  • Ear Supply: Song of the Earth

    In dynamic range, the array of timbres, the number of performers, the logistics and setup required—outdoors—the vastness of composer John Luther Adams’ home state, Alaska, … More »

  • Ear Supply: Pianist Envy at SIFF

    Essentially a glossily produced commercial for the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only real problem with Christopher Wilkinson’s documentary Virtuosity, showing at SIFF, … More »

  • Ear Supply: Culture Club

    “Ambassadors of their own cultural music” is how composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack describes the diverse musicians she’s spotlighting on the next concert of her 14-piece new-music/improv … More »

  • Ear Supply: Practice, Practice, Practice

    For musicians, the rewards of bringing a new piece into the world have to be reconciled with the extra rehearsal time it will take to … More »

  • Ear Supply: L’Arte del Violino

    In the arresting, proclamatory opening of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII for violin (1976), a single note is hammered out repeatedly while other notes just above … More »

  • 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 »