Spotlight

Composers > Inspiration > Jacques Loussier (1934-2019) - “Combining jazz and classical music creates a new kind of energy”
by Georg Predota | April 23rd, 2019

standard Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)
“Combining jazz and classical music creates a new kind of energy”

If you are ever looking for a refined and sophisticated synthesis of jazz and classical music born from improvisation one name immediately comes to mind—Jacques Loussier (1934-2019). A conservatoire-trained pianist, Loussier created a veritable sensation in 1959 by establishing a [...] more >>

In Tune > Arts > Heinrich Heine’s Favorite Song Composer
by Georg Predota | April 22nd, 2019

standard Heinrich Heine’s Favorite Song Composer

Musical settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry must number in the thousands! An intricate response to the charged political environment of his day, not to mention his own turbulent life, Heine was able to create distinct emotions in his poetry. As [...] more >>

In Tune > Arts > Musicians and Artists: Mendelssohn and Wilhelm Hensel
by Maureen Buja | April 21st, 2019

standard Musicians and Artists: Mendelssohn and Wilhelm Hensel

When you see ‘Mendelssohn,’ your first thought might be of Felix, but this is about Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s older sister.

Blog > Simulating Performance
by Frances Wilson | April 21st, 2019

standard Simulating Performance

performance simulator

As every performing musician will tell you, there’s a world of difference between playing in the privacy of one’s home or rehearsal room and performing in public.

Blog > The Mysteries of the Creative Process—An Inside Look
by Janet Horvath | April 20th, 2019

standard The Mysteries of the Creative Process—An Inside Look

hong kong orchestra 2

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune titled, Please Don’t Tell me CSO Musicians Have It Easy, by Howard Reich, begins, “Ahh, what a soft and easy life the striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians lead! They show up for a [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Mozart Diaries - 20 April 1782: - Fantasy and Fugue - , K. 394
by Georg Predota | April 20th, 2019

standard Mozart Diaries
20 April 1782: Fantasy and Fugue, K. 394

mozart_constanze

Mozart writes to his sister in April 1782: “My darling Constanze has at last summoned up courage to follow the impulse of her kind heart, and to write to you. If you are so good, dear sister, as to answer [...] more >>

Blog > Understanding Cultures through Classical Music
by Rob J Kennedy | April 19th, 2019

standard Understanding Cultures through Classical Music

classical musics

The divide between cultures is as wide as it has ever been today. However, there is a bridge that links us all. Our spoken languages and lifestyles have and always will be different, and vive la différence I say. These [...] more >>

In Tune > Society > Notre Dame de Paris - The Birthplace of Modern Music
by Georg Predota | April 18th, 2019

standard Notre Dame de Paris
The Birthplace of Modern Music

notre dame 2

By now we have all seen the shocking images of the horrific fire engulfing Notre-Dame de Paris, the most famous Gothic Cathedral of the Middle Ages. For over 800 years, it has stood as an icon and symbol of Western [...] more >>