Anecdotes

 
“The Pleasure of Love”

On a list of the most popular love songs in classical music, Plaisir d’amour (The pleasure of love) would undoubtedly rank supremely high. Originally composed in 1784, Hector Berlioz arranged the tune for orchestra, and various pop-music settings include the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 11th, 2018
 
Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In August 1959, Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh was undergoing a complete refurbishment, and to celebrate the reopening a year later, a new opera was definitely required. Since Benjamin Britten already was the artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival at that [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 11th, 2018
 
Mozart and the Cairo Goose

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart scored a resounding triumph with The Abduction from the Seraglio in 1782. Impatient to write for the stage again he made two abortive attempts at opera buffa. Initially, Mozart requested a libretto from the Salzburg court chaplain [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 10th, 2018
 
Schumann: Cello Concerto Premiered today in 1860

With Robert Schumann teetering on the verge of yet another breakdown, his wife Clara sincerely welcomed her husband’s cello concerto. She confided in her diary, “I have played Robert’s violoncello concerto through again, thus giving myself a truly musical and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 9th, 2018
 
Brahms on the Road A Trip to Transylvania with Piano and Violin III

After their mountainous trip of over 760 km between Arad, Sighişoara, Braşov, and Sibui, Brahms and Joachim closed the tour in Cluj (now Clug-Napoca). Their final concert, in Cluj, was an outstanding success. Their arrival was attended by a distinguished [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 9th, 2018
 
Weill: Seven Deadly Sins Premiered today in 1933

The Seven Deadly Sins was the final collaboration between two of the most revolutionary artists of Weimar Germany, Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht. Premiered on 7 June 1933 in the Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Weill watched the declining German political and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 7th, 2018
 
Dancers in Training in 1589

In 1589, the French cleric Jehan Tabourot published a manual in the form of a dialogue between himself (in the guise of Thoinot Arbeau, an anagram of his real name) and a lawyer named Capriol. Capriol wanted to learn to [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 5th, 2018
 
Brahms on the Road A Trip to Transylvania with Piano and Violin II

In their September 1879 trip, Johannes Brahms, pianist, and Joseph Joachim, violinist, ventured into what was, to them, the furthest corners of civilization for these two Viennese-based musicians. The first part of their trip, Budapest to Arad to Timişoara covered [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 2nd, 2018