Anecdotes

 
Classical Music Moments in Movies I

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 >>

by Georg Predota | February 26th, 2017
 
Unsung Concertos 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 >>

by Georg Predota | February 22nd, 2017
 
The Power of a Hat

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) started with a story about a lecherous magistrate and his desire for the miller’s virtuous wife (El corregidor y la molinera) and revised it into The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos, 1917). As a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 19th, 2017
 
Czech Rivers or Classical Composers?

Brixi In Moravian folklore, the “Brixi” is not actually a river. Rather it describes a mythical creature that secretly rises from the Morava River during the summer solstice to take a long bath in the moonlight. According to local lore, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 18th, 2017
 
Unsung Concertos Alessandro Marcello: Concerto for Oboe in D minor

Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747) lived a rather charmed life! As the son of a senator and a member of Venetian nobility he presided—together with his more famous brother Benedetto—on the city high council. He studied law at the Collegio di S. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 15th, 2017
 
The Contemporaries of Orpheus

In looking over Jules Verne’s masterpiece of the science-fiction submarine novel, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, we came upon a passage that we didn’t remember. The Scientist, Professor Aronnax, is being shown around the Nautilus by Captain Nemo and after [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 12th, 2017
 
Unsung Concertos Darius Milhaud: Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone

Darius Milhaud grew up in a Latin-Mediterranean cultural milieu that particularly valued Italian music. When a young man wrote to him about Wagner’s theories that all art “springs from suffering, unhappiness, and frustration,” he replied. “I am glad you decided [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 8th, 2017
 
Italian Dishes or Classical Composers?

Cambini Today’s quiz looks at Italy, the veritable land of music and delicious food! Can you tell the difference between great Italian dishes and Italian composers? Although we might easily imagine Cambini to be a lightly sautéed seafood dish from [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 4th, 2017