Anecdotes

 
Unsung Concertos Alexander Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor , Op. 20

During his lifetime, Scriabin was primarily known as a pianist, with Igor Stravinsky marveling at his phenomenal playing. Yet Scriabin also had the uncanny talent of making enemies, including his composition teachers. Sergei Taneyev was not impressed, and Anton Arensky [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 8th, 2017
 
Movers and Shakers of the Music World Bartolomeo Merelli – Eagle of the Impresarios

Bartolomeo Merelli (1794–1879) earned the sobriquet ‘Eagle of the Impresarios’ for his skill, vision and refined taste. Unlike his competitors, Merelli was an accomplished musical scholar and librettist, and his name is indelibly tied to that of the greatest Italian [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss | March 5th, 2017
 
Classical Music Moments in Movies II

The quirky science fiction blockbuster The Fifth Element is set in the 23rd century and features an intergalactic struggle for the survival of planet Earth. This task falls on Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a taxi driver and former Special Forces [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 5th, 2017
 
Unsung Concertos Jacques Ibert: Flute Concerto

If you think that all classical music has to be deadly serious, let me introduce you to Jacques Ibert (1890-1962). Ibert was a graduate from the Paris Conservatoire who won the coveted Prix de Rome at his first attempt despite [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 1st, 2017
 
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