Jacques Loussier (1934-2019) “Combining jazz and classical music creates a new kind of energy”

If you are ever looking for a refined and sophisticated synthesis of jazz and classical music born from improvisation one name immediately comes to mind—Jacques Loussier (1934-2019). A conservatoire-trained pianist, Loussier created a veritable sensation in 1959 by establishing a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 23rd, 2019
Albert Roussel and Blanche Preisach Exotic Honeymoon

It has been said that there is no better way to celebrate your nuptials than going to an exotic honeymoon destination with your spouse and making it a magical and memorable event. I suppose, that’s exactly what Albert Roussel and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 8th, 2019
Scenes from Oriental Life Louis Étienne Ernest Reyer

In the preface of his 1829 collection of poems entitled “Les Orientales” Victor Hugo wrote, “in the age of Louis XIV one was a Hellenist, nowadays one has to be an orientalist.” French intelligentsia in the 19th century was clearly [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 2nd, 2019
Joan Tower: Paying Homage With a Unique Statement

The American composer Joan Tower has made her reputation as not only a composer but also as a pianist and conductor. Her works are bright and reflect her international upbringing, as well as her classical training.

by Maureen Buja | March 27th, 2019
Music and Nature Seasons: Spring

We start the year with Spring, even though any year starts in the throes of Winter, be it the frosty Winter of the Northern Hemisphere, or the burning Winter of the Southern Hemisphere. Spring is awakening, is renewal, is a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 21st, 2019
Hector Berlioz: Enfant Terrible!

Whether we like it or not, Hector Berlioz is primarily associated with a single composition. Everybody knows his Symphonie Fantastique, but his religious works, the dramatic legends, his songs and even his operas are rarely scheduled for performance, and they [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 19th, 2019
At the Center of the Musical Universe Antonio Salieri

Ever since Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) fictionally poisoned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he has gotten some seriously bad press. But as we know all too well, factual information and historical fact have never stood in the way of Hollywood telling a good [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 18th, 2019
At the Center of the Musical Universe Giovanni Paisiello II

Giovanni Paisiello clearly had the Midas touch! Everything he touched turned to gold, or better yet, into regularly and well-paid employment. He also made an absolute fortune from public performances of his operas, and publishers would pay exorbitant prices to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 11th, 2019