Anecdotes

 
Minors of the Majors Robert Schumann: (New Year’s Song), Album for the Young Op. 68, No. 43

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening! Robert and Clara Schumann had eight children, all born [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 2nd, 2016
 
Auld Lang Syne packaged by Joseph Haydn

Welcoming the New Year frequently involves a glass of champagne and a celebratory kiss from somebody nearby. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve the English-speaking world, either before or after extensive toasting and kissing, also collectively launches [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 30th, 2015
 
Minors of the Majors Felix Mendelssohn: “On New Year’s Day,” Op 79, No.2

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

by Georg Predota | December 28th, 2015
 
Christmas Voices of the Paris Conservatoire

The shameful, cowardly and revolting attacks on Paris in 2015 serve as a sad reminder that the veneer of civilization continues to be paper-thin! In a repulsive case of history repeating itself, Paris was also under attack roughly 100 years [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 19th, 2015
 
Violent and Unnatural Deaths in Opera II

In general, weddings tend to be rather happy occasions. This was certainly true, at least initially, for Orfeo and Euridice. The master musician and the most radiant beauty of the ancient world were passionately in love. But on the wedding [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 26th, 2015
 
Voices of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing I

Although a relatively young institution, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing has seen its fair share of highly talented composers. Founded in 1950, the department of composition—for better or for worse—has been the cornerstone of its academic endeavours. Guo [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 22nd, 2015
 
Fireman Shostakovich

With the German Sixteenth Army strategically entrenched just thirty miles southeast of Leningrad, the city also known as St. Petersburg got ready for the most prolonged siege of World War II. Among the citizens of Leningrad was a thirty-four-year-old composer [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 10th, 2015
 
Violent and Unnatural Deaths in Opera I

Dying is an essential part of just about every opera plot. Whether husbands or male lovers act out of jealousy, or wives or female lovers go mad, opera has given us a delectable variety of violent and unnatural deaths. Yet [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 15th, 2015