Inspiration

 
Charles-Marie Widor beyond the Organ

Charles-Marie Widor’s 10 organ symphonies, inspired by the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Sulpice in Paris revolutionized the art of organ playing and composition in France. However, the composer also left behind a substantial number of meticulously crafted compositions for a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 26th, 2017
 
Inspired by a Certain Tristesse

When we think of the composer Bernard Herrmann, we think of his film music and how it could carry a scene. Think about it: after you see Psycho, with those, literally, slashing strings, did you ever take a shower with [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 25th, 2017
 
Muses and Musings William Byrd: Tallis is dead, and Music dies!

Forget about unattainable lovers, idealized beauty or threatening nature! When it comes to artistic inspiration and musings, nothing has been more popular than death! Indeed, death is a cruel mistress to us all! Gruesome inevitability aside, death has inspired some [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 23rd, 2017
 
Pictures from the East: Schumann’s Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66

Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East), 6 Impromptus for piano 4-hands, written 1848, came at a time in Schumann’s life when he was bothered by a number of problems. He had recurring bouts of tinnitus when all he could [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 16th, 2017
 
A Tune for My Tot!

As a new mother, I am always looking for things with which to entertain my ten-month-old. Because I’m a musician, the first thing I would turn to is music. Not impressed with the Mozart for Babies CDs, and bored of [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | January 26th, 2017
 
Like Mozart, but Different

One of the great joys of music from the Classical period is what other composers did with it. It was very common, even up through the 19th century, to take a theme from one composer’s work and do variation sets [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 22nd, 2017
 
Niels Gade “A distinctive Nordic Voice”

Although the public reception of the works of Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817-1890) was left untouched by political and cultural censorship, he never quite achieved the fame of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. Nevertheless, Gade is still regarded as one of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 19th, 2017
 
Mozartwoche Salzburg 2017 Vienna Philharmonic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Rolando Villazón

1 February 2017Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert Arias for Tenor and Orchestra, KV 420, 431, 36, 21 The vast majority of Mozart’s independent arias is composed for the soprano voice. However, there are a handful of concert arias for the tenor [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 17th, 2017