Anecdotes

 
A serious case of the Flu! Johannes Brahms and H2N2

Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms equated corporeal infirmity with frailty of character. An avid outdoors enthusiast, who boasted that he had never consulted a physician or taken any medication, Brahms confidently asserted the connection between a healthy body and a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 16th, 2014
 
Maurice Ravel: Mysteries of the Brain

Maurice Ravel was small and slender in stature, standing about 162 centimeters, with an unusually large head in relation to his body. He was an avid walker and swimmer and until the age of 50 he was perfectly healthy. Ravel [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 5th, 2014
 
“I drink, therefore I am” Modest Mussorgsky

When the legendary British surreal comedy outfit “Monty Python” announced a reunion show in 2014, tickets sold out in a matter of minutes and additional shows had to be hastily arranged. Performing in London’s O2 Arena, satellite live feeds broadcast [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 18th, 2014
 
Dancing into the Past

John Adams, born 1947, made the world look at East-West relations in a new light with his ground-breaking opera Nixon in China. First performed in Houston in 1987, the opera took a look behind the scenes of an event of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 16th, 2014
 
Egos and Ballet

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 Once upon a time, a ballet dancer had a dream of doing a ballet on a classical Greek theme. At the time, he was just a dancer in the Imperial Russian Ballet and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 13th, 2014
 
The Morbid Compulsion of Anton Bruckner

Having been born, raised and educated in rural Austria ill prepared Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) for the acidic and highly competitive musical environment of imperial Vienna. Retaining his shy and unassuming demeanor throughout his life, Bruckner presented a wide target for [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 11th, 2014
 
Fighting About Music in 1913

Now, the most famous fight about music in 1913, occurred at the première of The Rite of Spring. Audience in an uproar, fights in the audience, the dancers can’t hear the music for the noise in the hall, Nijinsky futilely [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 10th, 2014
 
Dull Classical Musicians – NOT

Orchestral musicians like to have fun just like everyone else. We may appear dignified but fooling around is a requirement; pranks are ingenious. Sometimes the joke is on the conductor. There was once a conductor who was not, shall we [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | August 9th, 2014