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December 28, 2009

CD set shines spotlight on neglected composer and Peabody director Asger Hamerik

In case you missed my Sunday story, I couldn't resist providing this link.

The piece is about composer Asger Hamerik, whose 27 years at the helm of the Peabody Institute in the last part of the 19th century was a big deal, and whose own music has been largely ignored for decades. A new CD set of his symphonies and Requiem should help revive interest in this talented figure.

Posted by Tim Smith at 12:24 PM | | Comments (1)


Speaking of music that we have been missing...

It seems to me that Denmark is more of a golden mine than previously thought. Besides Hamerik, I can think on top of my head of Holmboe, Langaard, or, on a lighter side, Lumbye (his most famous work, Champaign Gallop is on the program of the VPO New Year concert this year.)

But why are Danish conductors so shy in promoting their music when they guest conduct here? For example, when Dausgaard conducted the Baltimore Symphony he programmed Brahms (yes, Schoenberg orchestration but still...)

Good points, as always. And I salute your knowledge of the Danes. TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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