Author Archives: Peter Jost

A Bohemian in America: Is Dvořák’s String Quartet in F Major wrongly accented?

Antonín Dvořák, director of the National Conservatory of Music in … Continue reading

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“Please don’t play it as it’s written in the music!” – Urtext and playability

A music-lesson scene that we all recall most reluctantly: A … Continue reading

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An amusing story and a serious problem – On Mendelssohn’s first concert piece for clarinet, basset horn and piano

For composers, commissions or dedications of works could pay off, … Continue reading

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“You can count on me” – Debussy’s arrangement of “Minstrels” for violin and piano

Arrangements have on occasion already come up for discussion in … Continue reading

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Composing made easy? On Erik Satie’s ‘Nocturnes’

It was not without good reason that the label ‘outsider’ … Continue reading

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Where does the key/clef go? About a problematic passage in Schumann’s F-major string quartet

Fans of the humourist Wilhelm Busch will certainly be reminded … Continue reading

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The accent question in Schubert: An old theme with new variations

Anyone working with Schubert’s autographs inevitably runs up sooner or … Continue reading

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D or C♯? What does Ravel want the violinist to play in “Tzigane”?

Maurice Ravel’s concert rhapsody “Tzigane” is known to exist in … Continue reading

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‘Pour Piano et Violon ou Violoncelle’ – Is there a cello sonata by César Franck?

In connection with the general blog post by Dominik Rahmer … Continue reading

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Filched Melodies – Sarasate’s ‘Zigeunerweisen’ (Gypsy Airs) under suspicion of plagiarism

The use of folk-music elements in art music has, as … Continue reading

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