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Composers > Anecdotes > Mapping the Musical Genome: The Gibbons Family
by Georg Predota | November 18th, 2017

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Orlando Gibbons (1572-1625) was born in Oxford, son of a town wait—essentially a town musician whose duties included playing his instrument for the townsfolk, welcoming Royal visitors, and leading processions on civic occasions. William Gibbons moved back and forth between [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Rock-A-Bye Baby II - Crossing from Folk to Art
by Georg Predota | November 17th, 2017

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Crossing from Folk to Art

The lullaby, a gentle song intended for lulling young and/or ailing children to sleep originated in various folk repertories. It easily crossed into art music not only as a song but also as a short instrumental piece, frequently scored for [...] more >>

Composers > Love > Erich Korngold and Luzi Sonnenthal - A Triumph of Love
by Georg Predota | November 16th, 2017

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Luise von Sonnenthal (1900-1962) was born into a dynasty of ennobled actors. Her grandfather Adolf Ritter von Sonnenthal was not only Vienna’s most popular classical actor and matinee idol at the Burgtheater, he was also one of the first Jewish [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Copland’s Ballets: - Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Appalachian Spring -
by Maureen Buja | November 15th, 2017

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Aaron Copland, son of Polish and Lithuanian emigrants, was born in Brooklyn in 1900 and by the time he was 24, his compositions were already gaining interest. He was Nadia Boulanger’s first American pupil in Paris, laying the groundwork for [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Works Disliked By Their Composers! Part II
by Emily E. Hogstad | November 14th, 2017

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What happens when a composer writes a piece of music…and then ends up not liking it? In Part I, we saw how Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Sibelius dealt with the problem. Now we look at how three more composers did:

Artists > Interviews > Respecting the Music: An Interview with Riccardo Frizza
by Maureen Buja | November 13th, 2017

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We caught up with Maestro Riccardo Frizza who is currently in Tokyo in rehearsals for La Traviata at the New National Theatre. The production, which opens on 16 November, is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the house. This [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > At the Center of the Musical Universe - Ludwig van Beethoven
by Georg Predota | November 13th, 2017

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Whether we like it or not, Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the greatest disruptive forces in the history of music. He was a revolutionary man who lived and worked in revolutionary and tumultuous times, and his music exerted tremendous [...] more >>

In Tune > Arts > Martin Luther and the Impact of the Reformation on Architecture, Art and Music
by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | November 12th, 2017

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Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther supposedly nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the doors of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in Wittenberg, railing against Catholic Church corruption (in particular against the ‘Sale of Indulgences’) dividing Christianity, and [...] more >>