Category Archives: Music

Miscellaneous information and reviews of relevant music.

Bohuslav Martinů and Lucie Rosen: the Path to Fantasia for Theremin

Bohuslav Martinů and Lucie Rosen in New York.

Although Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů does not enjoy the same fame as other composers of the same period, he certainly has a prominent place in twentieth-century music. He is also well known by theremin enthusiasts thanks to Fantasia for theremin, oboe, piano, and string quartet, the composition commissioned to him in 1944 by Lucie Bigelow Rosen. Let’s try to understand a little more about him and follow the path that led him from a Moravian village to Manhattan, where the fortuitous meeting took place.

Shueh-li Ong: Music From Another Land

Shueh-li Ong with her synthesizers, Theremin and Guqin

An interview with polystrumentist, singer and composer Shueh-li Ong. “Music From Another Land” is not the typical “theremin album” you’d expect from musicians like Lydia Kavina, Pamelia Kurstin or Peter Pringle, to name a few. Although there is a good amount of well-played theremin, it just doesn’t play the leading role. In fact, the feeling […]

Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album

Clara Rockmore playing a Victor RCA Theremin

The message that follows has been sent today by Steve Sherman, Clara Rockmore’s great-nephew and Nadia Reisenberg’s grandson, to the Levnet forum. Dear Levnet – I don’t think I’ve ever actually posted on Levnet, or at least haven’t since Clara died in 1998. I am Steve Sherman, Clara Rockmore’s great-nephew and Nadia Reisenberg’s grandson (my […]

“VOCALISE”: New CD by Masami Takeuchi

Vocalise by Masami Takeuchi

A message from Masami Takeuchi: Dear all theremin enthusiasts, The new CD “VOCALISE” by Masami Takeuchi, a Japanese Theremin player, will be brought out on 28th August, 2006 – the 110th birthday of Lev Termen. Masami Takeuchi is pupil of Lydia Kavina, this release of the 2nd CD has been 5 years since the last […]

Project: Pimento – Magical Moods of the Theremin

There’s only one theremin lounge band, and that’s Project: Pimento! Their debut CD holds a potent cocktail of hypnotic sounds from the theremin mixed with swanky lounge tunes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s played in a space age pop style with hints of jazz. swing, and bossa nova…all for your listening pleasure. There are […]

Peter Pringle – Many Voices

Peter Pringle plays the theremin very well, and many members on the Levnet mailinglist must have been waiting impatiently for Peter to finaly produce a cd. There are three theremins featured on this recording: the 1929 RCA that once belonged to Dr. Samuel Hoffman, the RCA that was once the property of Julius Goldberg, and […]

The Secret Music of China

The Secret Music of China Long Playing featuring thereminist Samuel Hoffman

According to Gary Hoffman (the son of Samuel Hoffman) “The Secret Music of China” was a musical produced in 1947 with orchestra, chorus, and cast under the direction of Alexander Laszlo. The music was released in the same year on four 78 rpm records and then re-released in 1949 on a 33&1/3 rpm 10-inch microgroove […]

Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman and the Theremin

Music by Harry Revel, Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Leslie Baxter (’47 ’48) and Billy May (’50). This box contains re-issues from the following record sets: Music out of the moon, 1947 (Capitol CC-47); Perfume set to music, 1948 (RCA Victor P-231); and Music for peace of mind, 1950 (Capitol CC-221). Dr. Hoffman started his […]

Lydia Kavina – Original works for theremin

Joshua Pierce, piano Elizabeth Parcells, soprano Portland String Quartet Composers: Bohuslav Martinu, Percy Grainger, Joseph Schillinger, Lydia Kavina, Jorge Antunes, Vladimir Komarov, Friedrich Wilckens, Isodor Achron Lydia Kavina (1967) is the leading thereminist in the world today, according to the booklet. Beeing the granddoughter of Leon Theremin’s first cousin, she was the inventors last protégée. […]