Category Archives: New Discoveries

A Mozart Rediscovery and an Ethical Question

An incomplete C-Minor Kyrie by Mozart, known of but missing since 1936, has resurfaced and is going to be auctioned by Sotheby’s. Musicologists are, legitimately, barking at it like Fido at a tennis ball. A new Mozart manuscript? This is … Continue reading

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A Greek Gift?

A recent item in the British press trumpets the research of an Oxonian (=from Oxford) “musician and tutor in Classics” who is researching the music of Ancient Greece.  As must always be the case, the relevance of any musical research … Continue reading

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Where Angels Fear to Tread

Jonathan Bellman In several different blog posts I have chronicled the Mendelssohn/Moscheles reconstruction project, in which a collaboration with my friend Michael Cooper went from incomplete rediscovered but incomplete score to reconstruction to live premiere.  (This one links all the others.)  … Continue reading

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Mendelssohn and Moscheles: The Premiere

Jonathan Bellman Here is a link to the World Premiere performance, 21 February 2009 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, of the two-piano-and-orchestra piece by Felix Mendelssohn and Ignaz Moscheles that Prof. John Michael Cooper and I reconstructed. The entire experience … Continue reading

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A Public Letter

Jonathan Bellman Joel Shapiro, my piano teacher at the University of Illinois (where I earned my M.M. in Piano Performance over a quarter-century ago), recently asked me what was special or interesting about my current project, the Fantasie und Variationen … Continue reading

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Bach Cello Suites Questioned

Jonathan Bellman An article from the Sydney Morning Herald explains how the conductor of the Darwin Symphony, one Martin Jarvis, has researched J. S. Bach’s ‘cello suites and come to the conclusion that they are not by Bach but, rather, … Continue reading

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Mendelssohn and Moscheles

Jonathan Bellman Almost twenty months ago I wrote the blog Reconstructive Surgery, but did not divulge the piece to which I referred and on which I was working. The secret is now out, by way of the orchestra website, so … Continue reading

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