Michael Böhnert Wheatley

Orchestral Conductor


research & publications


composers caught in the act

Over the last century, historical recordings have been presented to be revelatory of a given composer’s intentions. The primary purpose of this research paper has been to examine the scores and associated historical performances of major orchestral works as realized and interpreted by their composers, most specifically with regards to observance of metronome markings. The performances, and associated scores, of 22 composers are analyzed, including Maurice Ravel, John Adams, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar, Leonard Bernstein, and many others.


ice, cocaine, & Rainbows

Alexander Scriabin’s monumental orchestral tone poem Poème de l’Exstase ("Poem of Ecstasy") reveals his ties to earlier composers of the Romantic era such as Chopin, Liszt, and Wagner. The work also typifies some of the most characteristic aspects of Modernism, including large orchestral forces, and references to eroticism, transcendence, and awe.


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