The Golden Age of Violinists

The turn of the 20th century was the golden age for violinists. Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Mischa Elman, Fritz Kreisler, David Oistrach and Yehudi Menuhin, considered the greatest violinists of all time, graced us with their presence. At least in [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | December 25th, 2012
Albert Schweitzer – Bach, Peace and Cats

“There are only two means of refuge from the miseries of life: Music and Cats!” For many of us mere mortals, it seems utterly unfair that some fortuitous individuals should inherit multiple talents and abilities. Take for example the polymath [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 14th, 2012
A Cut above the Rest! Theodore Billroth

Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 “It is one of the superficialities of our time to see in science and in art two opposites. Imagination is the mother of both.” These thoughtful words, uttered towards the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 30th, 2012
Maestros Tales

We are so fortunate that we can witness some of the work of legendary maestros of the last century via recordings and YouTube. Oftentimes their reputations are well known among aficionados of orchestral music. We musicians have a history, a [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | November 13th, 2012
Old Bach meets Old Fritz!

Musical Offering, BWV 1079 Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Ton Koopman Frederick the Great of Prussia, affectionately known as “Der Alte Fritz” (Old Fritz) is generally known as a brilliant military campaigner who established the reputation of Prussian military might. In addition, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 30th, 2012
Hands off my Flute!

Frederick the Great and his greatest Obsession Frederick II, of Prussia, subsequently known as Frederick the Great, was the eldest surviving son of Frederick William I and Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, the sister of George II of England. Daddy Frederick, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 11th, 2012
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart versus Muzio Clementi

Just imagine being in Vienna on Christmas Eve 1781. Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II — eldest son of Empress Maria Theresa and her husband Francis I, and brother of Marie Antoinette — was hosting a reception for the music loving [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 8th, 2012
Johann Sebastian Bach vs. Louis Marchand

LouisMarchand Grand Dialogue Pieces de clavecin, Book 1 We would be entirely wrong to assume that musical duels were in the exclusive domain of the 19th Century. Far from it, throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries, musicians busily battled in [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 20th, 2012