Cows – 8 Different Ones

When Darius Milhaud immortalized his favorite Brazilian tavern in a brilliant ballet work, Le Boeuf sur le toit, he was joining in a long line of composers who brought the common cow into music. To take a look at the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 21st, 2017
Claudio Monteverdi: (1567-1643) “The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth”

When Claudio Monteverdi secured his first job at the ducal court in Mantua, he had to report to the maestro di cappella Giaches de Wert. A Franco-Flemish composer actively working in Italy, Wert was one of the leaders developing the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 20th, 2017
Debussy: Préludes I

Following the model of Bach and his 24 Preludes and Fugues from 1722, Debussy also wrote his own set of Préludes. Debussy began Book 1 in December 1909, finishing it 2 months later in February 1910; Book 2 was started [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 19th, 2017
Krzysztof Penderecki: Symphony No. 7 “Seven Gates of Jerusalem”

Prague Spring 2017 72nd International Music FestivalClosing Concert: 2 June 2017Krzysztof Penderecki & Prague Radio Symphony For Krzystof Penderecki, born on 23 November 1933 in Dębica, Poland, music is a fundamental and essential part of the human condition. He started [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 18th, 2017
The Goblin of the Night

Maurice Ravel’s piano piece, Gaspard de la Nuit (1908), hides in its deceptively childlike title a radical piano work of great imagination. The pianist Alfred Cortot called it “one of the most astonishing examples of instrumental ingenuity ever contrived.

by Maureen Buja | May 17th, 2017
The Man of Many Firsts: William Grant Still

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is called ‘the dean of African-American composers’ and throughout his life, worked in all genres of music, from jazz, where he was an arranger for both W.C. Handy and Artie Shaw, to Broadway, where he played [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 8th, 2017
Muses and Musings Salon Marie Trélat

Beginning in the late 18th century, something magical happened in Paris on Friday! As a contemporary observer wrote, “Friday is the day that was adopted by most artists as the day to entertain; on this day, everyone visits their painter. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 2nd, 2017
Jeanne’s Fan

In France, the reaction against the excesses of Wagnerism in the late 19th century turned music toward the lighter side. Les Six collaborated with Jean Cocteau to create collaborative pieces such as Les mariés de la tour Eiffel (The Wedding [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 1st, 2017