Hymns and Fuguing Tunes in a Modern Style

The American composer Henry Cowell took a mid-18th century musical style and brought it forward to the modern world in his set of 18 Hymn and Fuguing Tunes, written between 1943 and 1964. A fuguing tune (not to be confused [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 20th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Frédéric Chopin III

The Polish pianist Theodore Leschetizky (1830-1915) gave his public debut at age 9. He performed a Concertino by Czerny in the city of Lemberg, with the orchestra directed by Franz Xaver Mozart, the youngest surviving son of Wolfgang Amadeus. After [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 19th, 2018
Destination Beijing

The new city of the new century, Beijing has grasped the future and has taken its history with it. Its literary background, its Forbidden City, its love for its traditions, and its desire to lead the future give us a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 16th, 2018
Paul Wittgenstein The Lefty Concertos

The undisputed masterwork to emerge from the Wittgenstein commissions was the Concerto pour la main gauche by Maurice Ravel. Yet the collaboration between composer and interpreter was decidedly acrimonious. Composed between 1929 and 1930, Ravel was intrigued by the challenge [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 14th, 2018
Rubinstein and the Rocky Island

Starting in 1848, Anton Rubinstein was in great shape musically. He had an attentive patron in the Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, sister-in-law to Tsar Nicholas I. In addition to his teaching and performing careers, he also composed 3 symphonies, 5 [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 13th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Frédéric Chopin II

Completed in April 1893, the 18 Morceaux, Op. 72 were Tchaikovsky’s last works for solo piano. Putting together the relevant musical materials for a series of piano pieces he told his brother, “in order to earn some money, I will [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 12th, 2018
Destination Hong Kong

More so than any other city in China, Hong Kong has long been a symbol of the exotic other. As an English colony, it was a good place for the Westerner to visit because you knew that someone, somewhere would [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 9th, 2018
Paul Wittgenstein All in One Hand

When Ludwig Wittgenstein got word of his brother’s ordeal, he wrote in his diary “frightfully sad business. I keep having to think of poor Paul, who has so suddenly lost his career! How terrible. What philosophy is needed to get [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 7th, 2018