The Fun of Variations

One of the most interesting of the small forms is the variation. Typically, a theme is presented so that the audience is on the same footing at the composer. Then, the composer shows off by taking the original theme and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 25th, 2019
Music and Nature Seasons: Summer

What kind of summer do you have? The burning summer of the Middle East? The humid summers of the Far East and the American Midwest? The ideal summers of sunny days and picnics, tennis and a hike? Or just the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 21st, 2019
“Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum” (Wine of Kings, King of Wines)

I am sure you are all familiar with the gothic tale Dracula. Written by the Irish author Bram Stoker in 1897, the novel tells the story of Count Dracula’s move from Transylvania to England to spread the undead curse, and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 17th, 2019
The Writing on the Cards – The Tarot Suite of Victoria Bond

American composer Victoria Bond (b. 1945) took three cards from a tarot deck and wove a work for small ensemble and dancers around it. Commissioned by Kathryne Pirtle and the Orion Ensemble in collaboration with choreographer Daniel Duell, artistic director [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 3rd, 2019
Music for the Royal Babies

Fans of the Royal Family were once again over the moon in May 2019. Enthusiasts around the world celebrated the birth of the newest Royal Baby named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The son of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 22nd, 2019
Carl Loewe: Impressions from the Orient

Carl Loewe was strongly attracted to poetry reflecting an oriental influence. And he took a particular liking to a collection of books by the German writer Heinrich Wilhelm Stieglitz (1801-1849). The son of a wealthy Jewish merchant, Stieglitz had published [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 21st, 2019
Chloe Flower From Bach to Cardi B

Glenn Gould catapulted to international stardom and iconic fame with his inventive and energetic interpretations of Bach But when he did his Beethoven crossovers, his idiosyncratic and sometimes outlandish interpretations were considered “questionable.” For Gould, “Beethoven always sounded like the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 15th, 2019
A Tour of Spain: Albéniz’ Suite Española

In 1887, Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz brought together a number of works for solo piano that he’d written the previous year and created his Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47. The works take the entire country for their inspiration, with [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 8th, 2019