Camille Saint-Saëns: Hail, California

Approaching his 80th birthday, Camille Saint-Saëns was appointed by the French government as “First Delegate to the Franco-American Commission for the Development of Political, Economic, Literary, and Artistic Relations” for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Organized to commemorate [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 10th, 2018
Cradle Songs

Although rocking cradles are a rarity these days, cradle songs remain a favorite for getting the little one to sleep, and calming the air in general.

by Maureen Buja | December 5th, 2018
Norwegian Influences

English composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934) first went to Scandinavia as a young man working for his father. He went first to Sweden and then, in his off hours, went to Norway and began a lifelong fascination with the country, its [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | November 28th, 2018
The Iron Hand Gripping His Heart

In 1827, Hector Berlioz went to a play and came away transformed. At the Odéon Theatre in Paris, a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet took his heart. Everything about the play and the performance affected him – the raging [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | November 27th, 2018
Camille Saint-Saëns: The Atheist in the Choir Loft

Camille Saint-Saëns was not a deeply religious man, and he certainly had “a repugnance for religious ceremonies.” On one occasion he even made arrangements for someone else to represent him at a baptism service where he was to become a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 26th, 2018
Your Guide to Adoring Classical Music Works for Small Ensemble

Classical music has transformative power, as perhaps you’ve noted in the previous article, which features large symphonic works. A piece of music can transport you to a different time and place and the collective response for and from the audience, [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | November 24th, 2018
International Inspiration: Grieg, Grainger, and Delius

We often forget the connections between composers. When you start to look at who knew who, particularly in the 20th century, connections are not only local but also international. The Australian composer Percy Grainger (1882-1961) knew the piano works of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | November 16th, 2018
Music and Nature Time of Day: Evening

Evening music sets us up for relaxing, slowing down the day, or does it? Some composers see the evening as a time for quiet time and others note that not every evening ends quietly.

by Maureen Buja | November 11th, 2018