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Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 2005

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TMANews CONTINUED the program: With a view to enriching the musical experience of students entering high school music programs, the TMA Music Education Committee is offering specialist classes that focus on the rhythmic dimensions of musical traditions emanating from Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean. The committee is offering three classes per week, within a three-week time frame. The project is conceived as an intensive rhythmic immersion. Three different artist/musicians will offer one area of focus. Our hope is that the initiative will inspire understanding and exploration, and spearhead the development of small ensembles where improvisation is a major component in the music. The intent is to collaborate with both music teachers and classroom teachers, offering resources and templates for ongoing development. Instrument bank: Do you have an instrument you would like to lend or donate to the TMA for use by a deserving student? Do you know of a student needing an instrument? Please contact Corkie Davis at corkie.davis if you can help direct us to the above. We are currently meeting with Kiwanis and other Toronto based groups to put together a mentor/ instrument lending program for students who need encouragement. We would like to hear from you. Memorabilia: The Toronto Musicians' Association has a lot of old memorabilia and some interested members have been going through this treasure trove to begin the long process of cataloguing and archiving. If you have any material of interest from the early days of the Toronto music scene, please contact the office so that we can begin gathering a list of resources. Contact TMA President Rosemary Galloway at 416-421-1020 ext 222 or email We'd like to hear from you: The Toronto Musicians' Association invites WholeNote reader feedback on this column. If you have any suggestions for news items relating to members of the Toronto Musicians' Association please forward them to ' Please include the word "WholeNote" in the subject line. 56 Back to Ad Index BooK Shelf by Pamela Marg/es I LOVE DIARIES AND MEMOIRS written by musicians, especially when the writers are such fascinating characters as composer Giacomo Meyerbeer and cellist Janos Starker. The immediacy of a first-person account pulls you right into the writer's creative world. Historians can easily miss this level of authentic engagement, but not Richard Taruskin. In his magisterial new history of music, he has managed to pull the individual strands together - those who make the music, the ideas behind it and the impact it has - to create a panorama vibrant with immediacy. The Diaries of Giacomo Meyerbeer Volume 4 1857 - 1864: The Late Years Trans. Robert Ignatius Letellier Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Illustrated 718 pages .50 US 'Today I have resolved to try to curtail my daydreaming', Meyerbeer wrote in his diary on July 22, 1858. He was already sixty-seven years old, and the leading operatic composer of his day. Yet he continually recorded 'new resolutions to use time more prudently and industriously'. Sometime he was prevented from working by a 'moral agitation' or 'depressed mood', caused by nasty critics and gossip, or worries about his wife's health and his own painful illnesses. Yet he was prodigiously productive. He would spend hours working on his final operas, Dinorah and l 'Africaine, then improvise at the piano, supervise rehearsals, or coach singers. Most evenings he attended operas and concerts, or dined either with colleagues like Berlioz, Offenbach, Gounod and Liszt, or with the political and social elite, a surprising number of whom write operas. Yet music always came first. He passed up a weekend with Emperor Napoleon III to work. Invited to dine with Princess Karl, he told her he had to go to Leipzig, for a performance of Handel's Messiah. He seems a loving and charming man, but restrained - in contrast to the extravagant characters in his operas. His work came even WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM before his family. When he announced his decision to move to a smaller house in Berlin because he was away working so much, he was actually surprised when his wife burst into tears. For her birthday he gave her 'six seamless linen sheets, works of Shakespeare and Lessing' . This is the final volume of a four volume set. Letellier's accomplishment in editing, translating, annotating and indexing this extraordinary document is heroic, especially with Meyerbeer so incomprehensibly unfashionable and overlooked today. He is an important composer of much beautiful music. This diary gives us an invaluable window into his life and milieu. The World of Music According to Starker: A Memoir By Janos Starker Indiana University Press 351 pages, photos, enclosed CD; .95 us Cellist Janos Starker's career is loaded with triumphs. Yet his greatest triumph, according to this memoir, remains the performance he gave to Russian border guards to escape from Russian-occupied Hungary at the end of the war. Given the horrors of war he survived, when both his brothers were shot, it's hardly surprising that his views can be outrageous and cynical. Yet they are coloured by his passionate belief in the power of music. The most extrordinary characters he encounters tend to be fellow Hungarians, like the conductor Fritz Reiner, who was 'the best; knowledge, total control, minimal gestures, no time-wasting, and no show-biz'. On the other hand, working with Karajan was a 'disgusting experience', with the ill-prepared conductor inexplicably trying to reverse the order of the movements of the Prokoviev cello concerto they were working on. Starker is a powerful writer. His three fanciful short stories are moving, yet artificial. But the concise treatise on string-playing included here shows why his teaching has produced so many outstanding cellists. The disarming passion, curiosity and imagination that shape his music-making - as the enclosed CD attests - and teaching are revealed throughout this compelling memoir. The Oxford History of Western Music By Richard Taruskin Oxford University Press Illustrated, six volumes, 4250 pages, 9 US Richard Taruskin's hefty new history of western music is hard to put down. Taruskin's knowledge is broad, especially in early music, Russian music and modernism and his experience is vast, as ; musician, professor and journalist. Even his notorious provocativeness is an asset; this is history delivered with passion and personality. There are five volumes of text, and a sixth volume of documentation, with indexes, a bibliography, notes, and a chronology. The text is illustrated with musical examples, facsimiles of scores written in the composers' hands, charts, prints, paintings and photos. The first three volumes go up to the end of the 19th century, and the 20th century is split between the fourth and fifth volume. Taruskin emphasizes that his aim is to explain 'why and how things happened as they did', not to offer an encyclopedic survey of composers and movements. He uses pivotal works like Monteverdi's Difeo and Stravinsky's Octet to analyze concepts like the origins of opera and the roots of modernism. With his broad scope, he considers matters like historical performance practices, as well as the influences of prevailing artistic tastes, religious factions, and political forces. He loves opportunities to offer etymological and literary references, as well as fashionable contemporary theories like poietics, though never without explaining them. His love of wordplay leads to chapter headings like The curtain goes up, Class and classicism, Class of 1685, You can't get there from here, and Cursed questions. But most of all he loves music. Confronting vital current issues like the future of art music he ends this splendid history on'a note of optimistic anticipation 'in the middle of things'. O CTOB ER 1 - N OVEM BER 7 2005

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Jane: (416)231 -5617 Elderly Musician volunteers wanted! l\euroscientists from The Research Division of Baycrest Centre are investigating the impacts oflife long musical experiences on aging and brain function. If you are cunently an active musician over the age of 60, please call us at 416-785-2500 Ext 2080 Financial rerncmeration ,s offered.~~~ pPPp1' f~ ~ .'-_l r( Jiii beliconian hall A beautiful restored Carpenter's Gothic board and batten church building in the heart of Yorkville can be rented at reasonable rates for musical events. Steinway Grand piano included. A high, vaulted ceiling provides excellent concert-hall acoustics. Capacity up to 120. Phone: 416-922-3618 Fax: 416-922-2431 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE . COM VOLUNTEER MUSICIANS & VOCALISTS WANTED by 3 ProAm big bands under the Sheraton Cadwell Group (www. Saxophones/ Trumpets/Trombones/Guitar/Piano/Bass/ Drums. Contact Andrew today @ 416-712-2555. 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