It will be known from this week as The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

In a press release issued Friday, October 5, the Choir announced that after more than 150 years, it is changing its name to better align with its sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Choir’s announcement follows a statement issued by the Church in August 2018 encouraging use of the full name of the Church.

I have never seen this image before. It does not appear in the Alfred Roller iconography (where Alma supplied the pics) and I have not seen it catalogued in any of the major Mahler collections.

The seller does not say where it came from.

Here’s the blurb from ebay:

An extremely rare early childhood CDV photograph of the great composer at age 3, shown wearing a checked coat and matching hat and riding a wheeled horse toy. A note on the verso in a contemporary hand reads: “Gustav Mahler—Iglau 1863.” 6 x 10.2 cm. Scattered ink speckles, central and diagonal creases, including small losses along left edge and to one location within the image. The present photograph predates by two years the first image of the composer recorded in Roller “Die Bildnisse von Gustav Mahler” and is thus believed to be the earliest known photograph of Mahler. 

The seller wants $5,000.

The BSO has responded to a claim for pay discrimination by its principal oboe, Elizabeth Rowe, asking the court to dismiss her case. Ms Rowe said she earned $70,000 less than the principal flute, The orchestra says, among other things that

– The flute and the oboe are not comparable instruments, nor are they treated as such by most major orchestras in the United States.

– Each instrument in an orchestra also requires different skills and effort to play at the highest level. Setting compensation for each musician, particularly principals, is a nuanced process involving many factors. Gender, however, is not and has never been one of those factors at the BSO.

The BSO adds that Rowe is currently its fifth highest paid principal musician, ahead of nine male principals. She is also paid more for each solo performance than any BSO principal musician.


The legendary Spanish soprano died today after a long struggle with ill-health, interspersed with harassment by Spanish officials.

Barcelona born she made her breakthrough in 1965 as a Carnegie Hall stand-in for Marilyn Horne, followed that summer by Glyndebourne debuts as the Marschallin in Der Rosesnkavalier and the Countess in Marriage of Figaro.

Although popular at the Met, it took seven more years for her to enter Covent Garden, which along with other houses remained sniffy about her blurry diction. Audiences, however, adored the huge sound she emitted.

Surgery for a brain tumour and subsequent heart problems slowed down her career but the moment of global fame came when she recorded a duet for the Barcelona Olympics with Freddie Mercury.

She is mourned by her husband, two children and millions of opera fans.

From the blurb:

Copenhagen based composers, Claire Courchene (from the UK) and Jesper Mechlenburg (from Denmark), have joined together to create a sonic environment with cello and piano at its core. ‘Søndag, Søndag, Søndag’ is a body of work created with every track providing a new mood representative of each day, as a soundtrack to your week.

Described as the ‘1st scientific publication made in association with French Musicologists and Conductors’, the Ravel Edition begins with Bolero.

The set includes the unpublished ballet version of 1928 and a corrected concert version from 1929.

Maybe we’re all playing it wrong.

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The composer John Corigliano grew up in the house of the toughest violinist in the toughest town on earth.

His father was hired by Toscanini and stayed on for 26 years, through to the Bernstein era.

‘He didn’t want me to be a composer,’ says Corigliano, ‘he felt I was only dooming myself to a miserable life.’

In the latest episode of Living the Classical Life, John tells Zsolt Bognar about their complicated relationship, about losing 100 friends to Aids, about stage fright, and much else. John Corigliano turned 80 this year.

Watch the full interview:

John Corigliano – Living the Classical Life: Episode 60 from Elyria Pictures on Vimeo.

Tamar Halperin and Andreas Scholl have recorded their mixed family songbook in some interesting arrangements.

Enjoy the trailer.