Inspiration

 
At the Center of the Musical Universe Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn is recognized today as the central figure in the creation and establishment of the Viennese Classical Style. Famous around the mid-1760s, by the 1780s he had become the most celebrated composer of his time. And from the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 18th, 2017
 
Silly Symphonies, Loony Tunes, and Merrie Melodies Classical Music in Animation III

It’s a testimony to the public knowledge of classical music when we look at a couple of Bugs Bunny classics as part of the Merrie Melodies series. One of the first cartoons where Bugs takes on the classics is Long-Haired [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 17th, 2017
 
Christmas at the Opera I

The story of Christmas has had a powerful hold on the imagination of writers around the world for centuries. Literary greats ranging from Charles Dickens to Kurt Vonnegut have referenced a variety of Christmas rituals, but the central drama of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 16th, 2017
 
Destination Madrid

Madrid, the heart of Spain, is a city of both historical architecture and the latest of the modern. The classical sound in the city includes the guitar and the orchestra. At the center, the city visitor will find the Royal [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 15th, 2017
 
Ring Bells! Sing Songs!: The Musical III

The post WWII era saw more social topics being taken up in the musical such as social injustice, union-busting, and racism, it also saw the introduction of international settings that were normal rather than fantastical.

by Maureen Buja | December 12th, 2017
 
The Lighter Side of Music German Cabaret

Around the turn of the 20th century, the French cabaret was a gathering place for the artistic and literary elite. It projected social and artistic ideals and was widely imitated through new establishments and touring performers. Among the traveling stars [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 11th, 2017
 
Silly Symphonies, Loony Tunes, and Merrie Melodies Classical Music in Animation II

One of the wonders of animation in the 1930 and ‘40s was the breadth of classical music. Walt Disney took this seriously in Fantasia. Intended to be an ongoing series of settings of classical music, the feature-length cartoon (and some [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 10th, 2017
 
Destination Tokyo

You want to check out the city ahead of the crush of the 2020 Summer Olympics, here’s a bit of travel music to see the city. City sounds, traditional sounds, the modern and the antique are all part of Japanese [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 8th, 2017