He Had the Kind of Male Beauty That Could Cause Havoc – Albert Einstein

We’ve seen him with this tongue sticking out….we’ve seen him concerned with the implications of nuclear energy….and we’ve seen him behind the bow on the violin. But, as an inspiration, we have to take the words of one of his [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 4th, 2018
Music and Nature: Flowers

Flowers show us the invisible world – they pop up to show us Spring, they dance in the wind, they bring happiness, and can mark occasions of solemnity. Composers, accordingly, use music to show us flowers – dancing, or something [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 28th, 2018
Music and Nature: Water

Water, in music, is more than just a drop in the ocean. Composers imagine water in rivers, water falling from the sky, water jetting up to the sky, water as a single raindrop, or as the entire sea. Water creatures, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 21st, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Gaetano Donizetti II

Gaetano Donizetti followed the resounding success of Anna Bolena with two additional serious operas, Lucrezia Borgia of 1833, and Lucia di Lammermoor of 1835. Rossini regarded Lucia as Donizetti’s supreme operatic achievement. It epitomized the Italian Romantic spirit of the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 15th, 2018
Music and Nature: Trees

When we’re young and in dance class, we’re told to imitate trees – swaying in the wind, bowing down in a torrent of rain or just standing tall in the cold winter sun. Composers are equally inspired; they see trees [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 13th, 2018
George Rochberg “No artist ever arrives”

By the late 1950’s George Rochberg was celebrated as America’s first and foremost master of composition in a serial language. One of the great leaders of the American avant-garde, Rochberg’s journey to a newly found language based on the tonal [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 10th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Gaetano Donizetti

One of the most prolific Italian composers in the second quarter of the 19th Century, Gaetano Donizetti’s (1797-1848) reputation invariably stands or falls with his 70 works for the operatic stage. Robert Schumann spitefully called Donizetti “a composer of music [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 8th, 2018
Saying Goodbye for a While: Schubert to Walcher

In the month before his friend Ferdinand Walcher quit Vienna for a posting in Venice, Schubert had been a torchbearer at Beethoven’s funeral. The death of his greatest inspiration, whom he had only been able to meet days before Beethoven’s [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 6th, 2018