Inspiration

 
Classical Music and Wine “Where There Is No Wine There Is No Love”

Ernest Hemingway never met a drink he didn’t like! In fact, he had a rather tumultuous lifelong affair with alcohol. Given such expertise, we should probably pay close attention to what this great novelist and journalist had to say about [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 16th, 2018
 
Musical Selfies and Snapshots Part I François Couperin

Representing his crowning achievements as a composer, Couperin published four harpsichord books, containing roughly 220 pieces. In the preface to his 1713 collection he wrote, “In composing these pieces, I have always had an object in view, furnished by various [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 11th, 2018
 
Carmen La Cubana

Entire academic careers have been built on situating the fictional character of Carmen—the heroine in Bizet’s opera—within a feminist context. The battlefield in this war between the sexes is Carmen’s body, and it is fought over by male roles attempting [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 6th, 2018
 
Music and Emotions Mourning: Astor Piazzolla and Adíos Nonino

In the last article in this series, we looked at how Tan Dun turned to his roots for inspiration when composing his first composition. In the same manner – though around four decades earlier – the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | August 31st, 2018
 
Music and Emotions Homesickness: Tan Dun and his Eight Memories in Watercolour

Music is a universal language. It is a powerful tool for communication that withstands language barriers and generation gaps. It transverses time, and it unites and brings hope to people regardless of their race and religion.1 Music is also a [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | August 24th, 2018
 
At the Center of the Musical Universe Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)

Christoph Willibald Gluck was a true visionary! Working at the Habsburg court in Vienna and at the Parisian stage, he completely reformed operatic traditions. Basically, he was sick and tired of singers dominating the operatic stage. Vocal acrobatics were the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 20th, 2018
 
The World Captured in Music

Swiss composer Arthur Honegger wrote three ‘symphonic movements,’ as he called them. The first, Pacific 231, written in 1923, brought the world of a great train to the concert stage.

by Maureen Buja | August 14th, 2018
 
Godowsky: Java Suite

The legendary pianist, composer, and pedagogue Leopold Godowsky was a world traveler. He considered “travel not only a way of lifting the creative intellect, but also a philosophical, spiritual enterprise, a way of advancing one’s journey of self-discovery.” Drawing inspiration [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 8th, 2018