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Composers > Inspiration > Charles-Marie Widor beyond the Organ
by Georg Predota | February 26th, 2017

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Charles-Marie Widor’s 10 organ symphonies, inspired by the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Sulpice in Paris revolutionized the art of organ playing and composition in France. However, the composer also left behind a substantial number of meticulously crafted compositions for a [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Classical Music Moments in Movies I
by Georg Predota | February 26th, 2017

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The combination of music and imagery—as we have known since antiquity—is one of the most powerful psychological agents acting directly on human emotions. And ever since sound was first coupled with images at the turn of the 20th century, classical [...] more >>

Blog > Electrifying Versatility: Nicolai Gedda (1925-2017)
by Georg Predota | February 25th, 2017

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Nicolai Gedda (1925-2017) was one of the most versatile lyrical tenors of the 20th century. He was rightfully called the “poet among lyric tenors,” and Luciano Pavarotti suggested “there is no tenor with a greater ease in the upper register [...] more >>

In Tune > Arts > Composers and Their Poets: Hector Berlioz
by Maureen Buja | February 24th, 2017

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Hector Berlioz ((1803-1869) is known for his monumental orchestral works, for his utter command of orchestration, and for his gothic horror in the Symphonie fantastique. We often forget, however, that he was also known for his songs. In a rare [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Muses and Musings - William Byrd: Tallis is dead, and Music dies!
by Georg Predota | February 23rd, 2017

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William Byrd: Tallis is dead, and Music dies!

Forget about unattainable lovers, idealized beauty or threatening nature! When it comes to artistic inspiration and musings, nothing has been more popular than death! Indeed, death is a cruel mistress to us all! Gruesome inevitability aside, death has inspired some [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Unsung Concertos - Johann Matthias Sperger: - Horn Concerto in E flat -
by Georg Predota | February 22nd, 2017

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Johann Matthias Sperger: Horn Concerto in E flat

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the city of Vienna acted like a gigantic magnet for composers and musicians. Talented individuals from the surrounding areas and all parts of Europe streamed into the city hoping to make their mark in [...] more >>