Inspiration

 
Musical Hunts

For most of human history, hunting meant survival! As such, it’s hardly surprising that civilizations throughout the ages held gods and goddesses associated with the hunt in particularly high regard. Artemis, the daughter of Zeus was the Greek goddess of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 16th, 2018
 
Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances: A Dance for Death

In the summer of 1939, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) left England for America to avoid the omnipresent threat of war. He had had a successful career in the US, touring as concert pianist, but now he was ill and tired.

by Maureen Buja | April 13th, 2018
 
Leopold Koželuch (1747-1818): A Fortepiano Pioneer

The great musicological explorer Dr. Charles Burney writes glowingly in his General History of Music of 1789; “An admirable young composer of Vienna, whose works were first made known in England by the neat and accurate execution of Mademoiselle Paradis [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 12th, 2018
 
Zodiac

We know the animals and figures of the Zodiac, but how did composers take these on? Mystic composer John Tavener used the birth of his second daughter as inspiration for his work for solo piano, Zodiac (1997). The overtones of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 10th, 2018
 
Pursuing Protein in Classical Music

Evolution has given human beings four types of teeth, each with a specific function. Incisors cut the food, canines tear the food and molar and premolars crush the food. Given that kind of evolutionary structure, it seems rather reasonable to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 9th, 2018
 
Destination Brazil

Brazil and its main city, Rio de Janeiro, came to life for many people in the film that showed the many facets of the city: Black Orpheus (Orpheu Negro) and its retelling of the Orpheus myth through the medium of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 6th, 2018
 
At the Center of the Musical Universe Robert and Clara Schumann II

Robert Schumann spent the last two-and-a-half years of his life in a private psychiatric hospital in Endenich. His medical records were discovered in 1991, and first published in 2006. They contain daily entries documenting treatment—including shielding from stimuli, physical procedures, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 2nd, 2018
 
Destination Rome

The city of Rome is a city of ancient forums and modern traffic, fabulous fountains and busy markets, solemn churches and resonant spaces. It’s a walking city and all of history seems to have happened here.

by Maureen Buja | March 30th, 2018