Bibliographic Ghosts

Have you ever come across the composers Gulielmo Baldini and Dag Henrik Esrum-Hellerup? Baldini hailed from the beautiful and ancient Italian city of Ferrara, and his most famous collection of madrigals for 5 and 6 voices was published in Venice [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 30th, 2017
More Than Just A Minute

Chopin’s ‘Minute’ Waltz has long fascinated the fleet of finger with its seeming titular challenge to a performance within the time indicated. The title, however, has long been deceptive – it’s generally read as a noun (as in ‘it will [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 29th, 2017
“Say Cheese!” Stanzi Mozart

The supposed discovery of the only authentic photograph of Constanze Mozart caused considerable excitement in 2006. The media giants BBC and the New York Times reported that authorities in the German town of Altötting had found and authenticated a print [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 24th, 2017
Johannes Brahms: Doctor of Philosophy (Hon. Causa)

Johannes Brahms never formally went to university, and his engagement with higher education was rather peripheral. Around age 20, Joseph Joachim invited him to Göttingen, where the violinist was taking summer courses in philosophy and history. Brahms accepted the invite, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 28th, 2017
Musicologist to the Rescue!

There are a handful of films featuring musicologists – those scholars of the history of music. Two recent ones have been Songcatcher (2000), where a musicologist finds ancient Scots-Irish ballads in Appalachia, and then there’s The Silent Touch (1992), where [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 28th, 2017
Les Apaches on the Loose!

In Paris at the turn of the 20th century, a group of musicians, artists, and writers formed a group that took its name from a popular term for Parisian street criminals: “Les Apaches” (The Apaches).

by Maureen Buja | May 13th, 2017
Unsung Concertos Amy Beach: Piano Concerto , Op. 45

Amy Beach (1867-1944) was an exceptional musical prodigy. Gifted with perfect pitch and impeccable memory she was able to accurately sing 40 songs by age one. She taught herself to read at age three, and composed a number of dances [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 10th, 2017
Mrs. President

Much of the political landscape in 2016 was dominated by Hillary Clinton’s attempt to become the first female President of the United States. In the end, as we all know, it didn’t quite work out. However, Hillary Clinton was by [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 6th, 2017