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Live Music Photography -Tips

Live Music Photography -Tips | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Live music photography can be most rewarding but also challenging. Lighting and a moving subject make things difficult. Here are 7 things worth knowing.
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"The power of the image is stronger than ever before..." 

 

Useful tips on live music photography from the man behind the Music Producers Forum. 

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We don't like unfamiliar music, even though we claim we do

We don't like unfamiliar music, even though we claim we do | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Spotify. Pandora. iTunes. YouTube. We are constantly bombarded with a seemingly limitless amount of new music in our daily lives. But why do we keep coming back to that one song or album we couldn’t get enough of in college?

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, July 24, 2013 1:33 PM

Interesting one this - the main takeaway is pretty straightforward - that people like to think they want something different but ultimately are happier with what they know.  This is almost like the "Aspirational" Netflix queue  - you know - when you're picking titles you throw in the odd obscure documentary or social issue movie - but when it comes time to watch them - you'd rather pass and settle on something less taxing and - yes - more familiar.

 

It's the end point that I find intriguing in that they postulate that people will choose familiar music when they're busy working or doing cognitively demanding tasks - which makes perfect sense to me.  It's the whole theory behind music2work2 in that people use music to create an optimal aural environment to do stuff - and the less challenging or more familiar the music - the less resource the brain has to devote to processing it - so - you et the benefit of the aural environment with plenty of brain power left to dedicate towards the task at hand.

 

Image Credit: Alan on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/15582922@N00/112229443/

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The Magic Flute: A beginner's guide to Mozart's operas

The Magic Flute: A beginner's guide to Mozart's operas | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, is a fantastical tale that’s as moving as it is witty, and features some of Mozart’s most beautiful pieces
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Beautiful collection of photography from various productions of The Magic Flute.
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A bustling Boston music season is on tap with several anniversary celebrations - Boston Classical Review

A bustling Boston music season is on tap with several anniversary celebrations - Boston Classical Review | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Boston Classical Review A bustling Boston music season is on tap with several anniversary celebrations Boston Classical Review But also sharing the spotlight, the Celebrity Series turns 75, Boston Baroque turns 40, the Cantata Singers turns 50, and...
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Looks like there's some amazing classical music happening in Boston.

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Pittsburgh Opera seeking good-looking extras, no singing necessary - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera seeking good-looking extras, no singing necessary - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh Opera seeking good-looking extras, no singing necessary
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Auditioning to be an extra in the Pittsburgh Opera's production of Verdi's "Aida" won't be particularly arduous.
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Musical Instrument Purses

Musical Instrument Purses | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Steinway and Sons Piano Bag - If you are looking for a creative gift for the classical music lover in your life, look no further than the Steinway and Sons Piano Bag by Krukru...
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Want.

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Pavarotti's Legendary High C 's

Pavarotti sings Legendary High C 's in La Fille du regiment, Ah! mes amies ... Pour mon ame.
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Happy Sunday!

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Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet Baker for her 80th birthday

Joyce DiDonato interviews Dame Janet Baker for her 80th birthday | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
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"The written word has always fascinated me, and language itself I find exciting and beautiful. And to think that our job connects both of those things together, to me, speaks of a tremendously powerful artform."

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Accompanying Singers

Accompanying Singers | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
A collection of videos of Singers accompanied by Your Accompanist rehearsal tracks
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We absolutely love it when singers use our piano accompaniment tracks to show what they can do, promote themselves, or simply display their love of the repertoire. 

If you've recorded yourself singing to one of our piano tracks, please take a moment to share the link with us, and we'll add you to this lovely playlist! 

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Benedict Cumberbatch talks to James Rhodes about piano music

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch visiting pianist James Rhodes. Music played: Chopin - Etude Op.25 No.11
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BC "It is a balm..."

JR: "Yes, my point is that almost all classical music is universal. If one has the opportunity to hear it, you know, even a piece that's totally obscure, that no-one would even know. You just have to hear it, and you're suddenly... transported."

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Happy 80th birthday, Dame Janet Baker

Happy 80th birthday, Dame Janet Baker | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Raise your glass on 21 August to wish a happy 80th birthday to one of the greatest singers and singing actresses this or any other country has produced — Dame…
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"Think Frank Sinatra"

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Master's Programs: Graduate: Degrees & Courses: Jacobs School of Music: Indiana University Bloomington

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SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds

Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio
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We're delighted to add this an all time favourite of ours.

Hear it sung to perfection by awesome counter tenor David Daniels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OusiSrGWUE

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Listening to music is good for the heart - Telegraph

Listening to music is good for the heart - Telegraph | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Listening to music has long been seen as a remedy for heartbreak.

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Olquin Perdomo's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:36 PM

I love the new studies on music. Especially one that benefits the heart, goes to show musics power 

katie willis's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:17 AM

well if this is true we all need to listen to 1D!!!!!!!

Phil LAUGRAND's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:14 AM

and singing is even better !

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Vocal Technique: How to Best Practice Practicing Singing | The Countertenor Voice

Vocal Technique: How to Best Practice Practicing Singing | The Countertenor Voice | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
I have been through six years of music school (and about eighteen years off and on of private study), and I find it curious that the one thing that is rare...
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"It sucks, but you cannot listen to yourself when you sing, and you cannot attach meaning to the sound of your own voice as you hear it."
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An Operatic Tale: Great Singer, Great Story, at Middlebury Event - Litchfield County Times

An Operatic Tale: Great Singer, Great Story, at Middlebury Event - Litchfield County Times | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
An Operatic Tale: Great Singer, Great Story, at Middlebury Event Litchfield County Times When internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera star Carl Tanner is on stage, he sings in a tenor that's so mighty it could move furniture or tackle defiant...
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Nice little career change!

"The truck driver, the hauler, the bounty hunter—that was another time and a younger man. Today, the star of theaters around the world is in his early 50s and uses that barrel diaphragm to push forth works by legendary composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Strauss."

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The Opera and Singing News Weekly

The Opera and Singing News Weekly | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
The Opera and Singing News Weekly, by YourAccompanist: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (The Opera and Singing News Weekly is out!
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Breaking down disabling barriers to music

Breaking down disabling barriers to music | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Drake Music breaks down disabling barriers to music through innovative approaches to learning, teaching and making music.
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Drake Music breaks down disabling barriers to music through innovative approaches to learning, teaching and making music. Our focus is on nurturing creativity through exploring music and technology in imaginative ways. We put quality music-making at the heart of everything we do, connecting disabled and non-disabled people locally, nationally and internationally.

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Opera Arias Database | Over 470 operas 2800 arias 800 duets 215 trios

Opera Arias Database | Over 470 operas 2800 arias 800 duets 215 trios | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Opera-Arias.com is an aria database containing information about more than 150 Composers, 470 Operas, 2,800 Arias, 800 Duets, 570 Ensembles and 7,400 Scenes.
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Opera-Arias.com is an aria database containing information about more than 150 Opera Composers, 470 Operas, 2,800 Opera Arias, 800 Opera Duets, 570 Opera Ensembles and a total of over 7,400 Opera Scenes. 

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Streaming Internet radio: Opera, choral, art song, and operetta channels

Streaming Internet radio: Opera, choral, art song, and operetta channels | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
I was inspired to compile a list of streaming internet radio stations that are of interest to classical singers, after reading a thread on this topic on Facebook some weeks back.  You can listen to...
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Great list.

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22 inspiring composer quotes

22 inspiring composer quotes | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Classical composers are sometimes just as good at quotes as they are at music. Take a look at these amazing, inspirational quotes from some of the greatest composers of all time.
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"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." Leonard Bernstein: 

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Music education boosts high-tech communities

Music education boosts high-tech communities | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
This city’s focus on live music and technology as key drivers of economic growth received a major boost yesterday when a national study was released here touting the broad-ranging benefits of music education for the digital economy.
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The study makes five recommendations — provincial governments need to invest more in music education in schools, curriculum must identify the connections between music and technology, parents need to be informed about the benefits of music education, all levels of government need to improve the quality and diversity of cultural industries to help develop economies, and a national organization is needed to collect information on the benefits of a music education for technology workers.

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FREE this week only: piano accompaniment to Beau Soir by Claude Debussy

FREE this week only: piano accompaniment to Beau Soir by Claude Debussy | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it

Google pointed out to us that today would have been Claude Debussy's birthday. We love his music so much!

We've decided to share one of our favourite song accompaniments for FREE for the rest of the week. Have a Beau Soir on us! 

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Free in the catalogue right now in High, Mezzo, Low and Extra Low versions. Catch it while you can!

Warmest regards from all the team at YourAccompanist.com.

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Bernadette Mether's comment, August 22, 2013 8:34 AM
An exquisite french melodie by an exquisite composer. Thank you www.youraccompanist.com
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An exquisite french melodie by an exquisite composer. Thank you www.youraccompanist.com  
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Singing Changes Your Brain | TIME.com

Singing Changes Your Brain | TIME.com | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins
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"A very recent study even attempts to make the case that “music evolved as a tool of social living,” and that the pleasure that comes from singing together is our evolutionary reward for coming together cooperatively, instead of hiding alone, every cave-dweller for him or herself."

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Live Music Photography -Tips

Live Music Photography -Tips | Classical Singing and Opera | Scoop.it
Live music photography can be most rewarding but also challenging. Lighting and a moving subject make things difficult. Here are 7 things worth knowing.
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"The power of the image is stronger than ever before..." 

 

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