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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 >>

by Georg Predota | April 23rd, 2019
Mozart Diaries 20 April 1782: Fantasy and Fugue , K. 394

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 >>

by Georg Predota | April 20th, 2019
Padmâvatî: The Legendary Queen of Chittor

During his honeymoon journey to India, Albert Roussel visited the ruined city of Chittor in Rajputana, currently located in Rajasthan. That city had a very colorful and long history, and once he returned home to Paris he approached his friend [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 18th, 2019
The Mozart Diaries 14 April 1770: Contredance in B-flat major , K. 123

Leopold Mozart writes to his wife from Rome, “We arrive here safely on the 11th at noon. I could have been more easily persuaded to return to Salzburg than to proceed to Rome, for we had to travel for five [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 14th, 2019
Albert Roussel and Blanche Preisach Exotic Honeymoon

It has been said that there is no better way to celebrate your nuptials than going to an exotic honeymoon destination with your spouse and making it a magical and memorable event. I suppose, that’s exactly what Albert Roussel and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 8th, 2019
The Mozart Diaries 5 April 1778: Sinfonia Concertante , K. 297b

Wolfgang writes to his father from Paris on 5 April 1778. “I MUST now explain more, clearly what mamma alludes to, as she has written rather obscurely. Capellmeister Holzbauer has sent a “Miserere” here, but as the choruses at Mannheim [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 5th, 2019
Scenes from Oriental Life Louis Étienne Ernest Reyer

In the preface of his 1829 collection of poems entitled “Les Orientales” Victor Hugo wrote, “in the age of Louis XIV one was a Hellenist, nowadays one has to be an orientalist.” French intelligentsia in the 19th century was clearly [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 2nd, 2019
Berg: Altenberg Lieder Premiered Today in 1913

Date: 31 March 1913Venue: Great Hall of the Vienna Concert SocietyPurpose: Concert of Modern MusicOutcome: Riot, Fistfights and Lawsuits

by Georg Predota | March 31st, 2019