Inspiration

 
At the Center of the Musical Universe Franz Schubert V

Franz Schubert composed his set of six German Dances in October 1824 for his piano student Countess Caroline Esterházy. Everybody knew that Schubert was deeply in love with his 18-year old student, and a number of compositions were the direct [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 11th, 2019
 
The Inspiration of Imagination – The Comics

Maybe they’re your secret reading. Maybe they’re your guide to life in general or your source of the perfect wry joke. As much as they inspire you, they’ve inspired composers as well. On Broadway, we’ve had musicals such as Li’l [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 6th, 2019
 
At the Center of the Musical Universe Franz Schubert IV

Nobody composed variations like Franz Schubert! An undisputed master of the genre, his variations on his own melodies become a fascinating combination of formal innovation and musical poetics. Peeling away layer upon layer of significance and meaning, Schubert bathes his [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 4th, 2019
 
The Inspiration of Imagination – Dracula

There, in the shadows, a figure moves. Clothed in black, with a face seemingly drained of all life and colour, with long fingernails the better to catch you, it’s Count Dracula.

by Maureen Buja | January 30th, 2019
 
At the Center of the Musical Universe Franz Schubert III

In all, the remarkable collection of Schubert’s Lieder transcriptions by Franz Liszt totaled 58 songs. Liszt first handed twelve of these piano transcriptions to a Viennese publisher in 1838 and his concluding efforts emerged 10 years later in 1848.

by Georg Predota | January 28th, 2019
 
String Quartets at War: George Crumb and Ge Gan-Ru

In 1970, American composer George Crumb completed his work for electric string quartet: Black Angels: Thirteen Images from the Dark Land.

by Maureen Buja | January 25th, 2019
 
The Inspiration of Imagination – Fairy Tales

They are so familiar, the characters in the fairy tales and we know of their attributes: the loneliness of Cinderella before her triumphal return, the bravery of Little Red Riding Hood, the cleverness of Hansel and Gretel, and so many [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 23rd, 2019
 
At the Center of the Musical Universe Franz Schubert II

Greatness will invariably recognize greatness! And Franz Liszt’s efforts and commitment on behalf of forgotten masterpieces set a powerful trend in the 19th century. As such it is hardly surprising that Franz Schubert occupied a central place in Liszt’s transcriptions [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 21st, 2019