Anecdotes

 
Time Tracker

In the quest for ever more precise measures of time, German inventor Johann Maelzel perfected an earlier invention and created the metronome, a machine with which musicians could regulate their speed. For composers, it meant that they could move away [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 8th, 2016
 
Minors of the Majors Giacomo Puccini: Pezzo per pianoforte

“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 | June 6th, 2016
 
Minors of the Majors Richard Wagner: Piano Sonata in A Major , Op. 4

“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 | May 30th, 2016
 
Movers and Shakers of Music World Antonio Vivaldi: Produced by the Red Priest

An impresario working in the late 17th century was solely responsible for running all the artistic and business matters of the theater. He rented the house, negotiated and signed contracts with everyone connected with productions. Singers, instrumentalists, technical staff and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 29th, 2016
 
Minors of the Majors Niccolò Paganini: Concertino for Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra , MS 65

“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 | May 23rd, 2016
 
Music à la “Mode” Dorian Universe

Pope Gregory I (540—604) was something of a religious superstar during his days. A talented administrator who initially served as a prefect of Rome, he eventually managed to establish papal supremacy. This doctrine assured supreme and universal power over the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 22nd, 2016
 
Théodore Dubois and the Hooligans

During his early days as a composition student at the Paris Conservatoire, Maurice Ravel was called a “mediocrely gifted debutant, who will perhaps become something if not someone in a about ten years, if he works hard.” Much of this [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 21st, 2016
 
Sir Donald Francis Tovey “All Art contains Conflict”

Throughout the 20th century, Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940) was probably one of the most widely read music critics in English-speaking countries. He launched his career as a pianist, composer, and writer of music in London, and was immediately identified as [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 17th, 2016