David Noel Edwards is a writer, graphic designer, rattlesnake photographer and composer of incidental music for film, ballet and theater. He began his musical career at age 4, singing in his mother’s church choirs. In the early 1980s, he wrote and performed three pop music albums and fronted the David Edwards Band in tours of North America and Great Britain, opening for acts such as Randy Stonehill, Cliff Richard and U2. In 2007, David returned to his first love—orchestral music—as a composition auditor at the Tanglewood Music Center and as the composer of a new ballet of “Dracula” (http://www.dnedwards.com/dracula_links.html), which premiered in 2008 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Scores for Carl Sprague’s film “Summer,” Wharton Salon’s “Autres Temps” and Juliane Hiam’s “Belle of the Books” followed. He is now at work on a Beethoven biography for children that will come out in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Although he makes more sweeping generalizations than any writer in the world, David uses hyperbole only in service to the truth. He and his pet tarantula live by Queechy Lake in Canaan, New York.
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Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 - Reading music notation from a tablet or laptop isn't terribly unusual. But doing it with handwritten scores? That is something else altogether, especially when you're trying to decipher Ludwig van Beethoven's horrific penmanship.
Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 - It seemed obvious on Sunday that these musicians had performed both the Kodály and Beethoven pieces many times together. But, in fact, they had not.
Saturday, 30 Nov 2019 - The cows at Churchtown Dairy are not only receptive to the Christmas carols, but they seem to have a distinct preference for certain songs over others.
Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 - But in the casual atmosphere of the Koussevitzky Music Shed, it's easy to forget that all these people are Grammy Award-winning rock stars disguised as ordinary folk.
Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 - With the second summer of TLI programming coming up in just 200 days or so, it's the perfect time to nibble (binge?) on party food and peruse TLI's summer schedule.
Thursday, 21 Nov 2019 - The problem with making a list of Tanglewood summer highlights is that almost nothing on the schedule qualifies as a lowlight, not even soloists or composers we've never heard of.
Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019 - Orchestra's founder Henry Lee Higginson's desire was to make great music accessible to "any one and everyone likely to care for such things," and the BSO in recent years seems to have re-doubled its efforts to make Higginson's vision a reality
Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 - Because of its quirky keyboard layout — and the scales most idiomatic to the instrument — it seems likely that the bandoneon actually shaped the evolution of tango music.
Friday, 1 Nov 2019 - Just as the group launched into Mozart's "Kegelstatt Trio," the Center's famous mascot, a 100-foot-tall red oak, began to flutter in the wind, its leaves painted in shades of saffron, peach and tangerine.
Monday, 21 Oct 2019 - Chinn is quick to point out that "Science Fair" is not about decorating anything. Rather, it is about revealing the beauty found not only in the visible and palpable outcomes of natural processes but, most especially, in science's most abstract concepts.
Friday, 11 Oct 2019 - In one fell swoop, Tanglewood became a year-round venue for the first time in its 82-year history when it launched the new Linde Center for Music and Learning in the summer of 2019.
Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 - Difford and Tilbrook have written many great songs together, but their Billboard chart history tells an incomplete story of their successes.
Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 - In any case, it is inconceivable that Mr. Tao would not be asked to perform again with the BSO at his very earliest convenience.
Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 - The two men make a great team, right? Yes, they do, but you haven't heard the half of it.
Saturday, 17 Aug 2019 - The story of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges and his erstwhile roommate Mozart is the subject of Bill Barclay's latest musical work, 'The Black Mozart,' which the Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned for the inaugural season of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.
Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 - If this were a high-wire act, no one would sell them life insurance, because they work without a safety net.
Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 - The Knights believe that having an enormous amount of fun is the best way of accomplishing serious musical work, so it's only natural that the world's happiest orchestra would team up with the world's happiest violinist.
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - There is a tradition of violinists either writing their own cadenzas for this concerto or transcribing the ones Beethoven wrote for the piano version of the piece.
Wednesday, 7 Aug 2019 - Considered as a whole, Festival of Contemporary Music works are always as fascinating as music (or sound design) gets—challenging, too.
Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 - Innumerable singers, pianists, cellists, violinists and other musicians stood or milled about (with and without music stands), including two fellows who made their assigned sounds by riding around in a clattering wagon.
Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019 - Dorman has taken the idea of a concerto being a conversation between instruments and extended it to this particular pair of musicians, who just happen to be husband and wife.
REVIEW: ‘Die Walküre’ at Tanglewood featured brilliant performances punctuated by serendipitous weather
Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - Everyone was delighted that such an improbably timed twist of meteorological fate would occur on the one day that Wotan would visit the Tanglewood grounds in person.
Monday, 29 Jul 2019 - Shostakovich's Symphony No. 2, Opus 14, "To October," is about real events and the real people who experienced them.
Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 - When the Boston Symphony Orchestra programs opera, it hires the best soloists in the world, the crème de la crème, including many stars of the Metropolitan Opera.
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - "Brightness of Light" combines traditional recitative with an orchestral score reminiscent at times of a blockbuster movie. One Shed patron was actually heard to whisper, "Star Wars!" when the orchestra rose to full force early in the piece.
Monday, 22 Jul 2019 - A satellite beamed the musicians down to a 15-by-27-foot, 2176-by-1152-pixel LED screen, and the orchestra played a mostly French program.
Sunday, 21 Jul 2019 - Pittsfield — There’s no shortage of mammals at Hancock Shaker Village. We see lambs, piglets, and calves every spring in the Round Stone Barn. But none of these animals can sing a note of music, never mind something healing and inspirational that could be nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music […]
Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 - The evening's festivities will begin with performances by the Eagles Community Band Brass Ensemble, Barrington Stage MTC Choral Group and students from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - The virtuoso trumpeter nevertheless understands that performances of HK Gruber's concerto are risky undertakings for any orchestra, which is why he appreciates how easy Andris Nelsons and the BSO make it look.
Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 - Verdi's Requiem is for human voices, and it was ultimately the soloists and members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus who made the BSO's 2013 Tanglewood performance of this piece successful.
Friday, 5 Jul 2019 - Sixty-two BSO appearances later, Ann-Sophie takes the stage at Tanglewood Saturday, July 6, to celebrate the life and work of her former husband and creative partner, conductor/composer André Previn.
Wednesday, 3 Jul 2019 - Don't expect the Boston Symphony Orchestra to take prisoners, because they never do.