Works Disliked By Their Composers! Part II

What happens when a composer writes a piece of music…and then ends up not liking it? In Part I, we saw how Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Sibelius dealt with the problem. Now we look at how three more composers did:

by Emily E. Hogstad | November 14th, 2017
Mapping the Musical Genome: The Bach Family

Johann Sebastian Bach was part of an extensive Saxon-Thuringian family that produced an unparalleled and almost incalculable number of musicians. From fiddlers and town musicians to organists, from Kantors, court musicians and Kapellmeisters, member of the Bach family extensively populated [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 11th, 2017
The Bells of Zlonice

The market town of Zlonice in the Central Bohemian Region is currently home to a population of roughly 3000 people. And between 1853 and 1856 it was home to Antonín Dvořák. He arrived during the early autumn of 1853 to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 3rd, 2017
Franz Liszt: The Forgotten Romance

Arnold Simon of Hamburg published a composition by Franz Liszt in 1881 with the title Romance oubliée. Interestingly, this little gem was published in four versions simultaneously, for piano solo, for violin and piano, for viola and piano, and for [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 27th, 2017
How Mozart Was Inspired by His Pet Starling

On 27 May 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart bought a pet starling bird at a Viennese pet shop.

by Emily E. Hogstad | October 23rd, 2017
Chopsticks Paraphrase

It all started pretty innocently. Gania, the young adopted daughter of Alexander Borodin asked her father to play a piano duet with her. Borodin objected by telling her that she did not know how to play. “But Daddy,” Gania replied, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 20th, 2017
Behind the Curtain Chopin’s Funeral Music

A good many people decide to plan proceedings for their own funerals. Among the various options and choices there is always the question if music should be part of the service, and if so, what that music might be.

by Georg Predota | October 19th, 2017
Circus Polka : For a Young Elephant

Do you know what happened when George Balanchine, tenderly referred to as the father of American ballet, teamed up with Igor Stravinsky? Unless you actually know the answer, this one is somewhat difficult to guess. Turns out, they were choreographing [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 18th, 2017