(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek2015 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI) 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer had such an effect on me that in my early thirties, I decided to go to art school part-time to learn how to paint with oils. After two years, I realized that as a painter, I was merely an enthusiastic hobbyist but I’m glad […]
Written and performed by Reynold D. PhilipsekCopyright 2011 Zino-Rephi Music (BMI)All Rights Reserved When I was a kid, my parents had a small oval miniature of a Frans Hals (17th Century painter) painting called, “The Laughing Cavalier.” I think (not sure) that this small replica artifact came from my great grandmother who was born in Holland (most of my ancestors
“Hong Kong Harry”(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek, 1994 copyright) I originally wrote this piece for “Global Home Movie,” which was inspired by my 1994 trip around the world. On that trip, I visited Japan and China first, then Hong Kong. I wrote tunes for nearly every leg of the trip (China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Athens, Rome, Switzerland, Paris, Amsterdam, Bonn, and
About 1977 I attended some composition and theory classes through St. John’s University. The emphasis was on early 20th century composers. Stravinsky, Webern, Schoenberg, Berg, Prokofiev, Bartok, and Debussy were the main focus. But Maurice Ravel became my favorite and remains so until this day. At the time, a friend of mine who was majoring in piano performance (and with
There were several things that drew me to Weinberg and his music. The first thing was that his birth date of December 8 is something I share with him. Secondly, he is of Polish origin (another thing I have in common with him), though he lived most of his life in Russia and is known as a Russian composer.
Great melodies, bold harmonies, audacious rhythms, plenty of virtuosity (Prokofiev was a piano virtuoso himself) and lots of Slavic charm and character. For the past several weeks I have been listening repeatedly to these three concertos and only finding more and more to discover and admire each time. I have been a fan of the “Third” for many years but