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Composers > Inspiration > Mixing Bach and Liszt: The Unfinished Fugue and the - Fantasia contrappuntistica -
by Maureen Buja | May 25th, 2017

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The regularized austerity of J.S. Bach’s music, in particular The Art of Fugue, has fascinated many composers. Bach’s work was left unfinished, with the final quadruple fugue (Contrapunctus XIV) started but not completed before Bach’s death.

Composers > Love > An arranged and happy marriage - Claudio Monteverdi and Claudia Cattaneo
by Georg Predota | May 24th, 2017

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Claudio Monteverdi and Claudia Cattaneo

Claudio Monteverdi was a precocious musical talent who published his first collection of madrigals at age 15. Ambitious and highly confident he was hired as a singer and instrumentalist by Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua in 1590. Mantua and nearby [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Claudio Monteverdi: (1567-1643) - “The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth”
by Georg Predota | May 20th, 2017

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“The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth”

When Claudio Monteverdi secured his first job at the ducal court in Mantua, he had to report to the maestro di cappella Giaches de Wert. A Franco-Flemish composer actively working in Italy, Wert was one of the leaders developing the [...] more >>