Danubian Debauchery III Analyze This Johann Strauss II, Henriette Angelika Diettrich “Lily”, Henrietta “Jetty” Treffz and Adele Deutsch

Johann Strauss II Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) (1883) Kaiser Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437 (1889) Aufs Korn, Op. 478 (1898) Psychoanalytical models suggest that a human being, emotionally responding to the loss of a loved one, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 30th, 2012
Danubian Debauchery II (Like Father, like Son) Johann Strauss II, Olga Smirnitskaya and Henrietta “Jetty” Treffz

Johann Strauss II Abschied von St. Petersburg (1858) An der schonen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314 (1867) Die Fledermaus (1874) I am not entirely sure who coined the saying “like father, like son”, but they certainly could [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 14th, 2012
Danubian Debauchery I Johann Strauss and Maria Anna Streim

Johann Strauss Täuberlin-Walzer, Op. 1 Kettenbrücken-Walzer, Op. 4 “Homage to Queen Victoria of Great Britain”, Op. 103 (1838) “Radetzky March”, Op. 228 (1848) One would be hard pressed not to agree with the assessment of a contemporary music critic, who [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 31st, 2011
Tuberculosis, Tinnitus and other Tribulations Bedřich Smetana and Kateřina Kolářová

Bedřich Smetana String Quartet no. 1 in E Minor “From My Life” (1876) Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 (1855) By the summer of 1874, Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) was fighting an apparently minor throat infection that resulted in a blockage [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 14th, 2011
“A Match made in Heaven” Faustina Bordoni and Johann Adolph Hasse

Johann Adolph Hasse Cleofide (excerpts) (1731) After merely two years in London, Faustina Bordoni departed for Venice. Exhausted from her petty quarrels with Francesca Cuzzoni, and tired of a feuding and bickering general public and musical establishment — which of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 30th, 2011
“The Queen amongst the Queens” Faustina Bordoni, Francesca Cuzzoni and George Friedrich Handel

George Friedrich Handel Admeto, HWV 22 (1727) “She had a mezzo-soprano voice, that was less clear than penetrating. Her execution was articulate and brilliant. She had a fluent tongue for pronouncing words rapidly and distinctly, and a flexible throat for [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 14th, 2011
The Loft of Contention and Scandal Charles Gounod and Georgina Weldon

In an interview, conducted by a special correspondent to the New York Times in London on 2 June 1874, Georgina Weldon defiantly declared “according to some authorities, an atmosphere of scandal is not only favorable to the development of musical [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 31st, 2011
“The Maid as Mistress” Georg Philipp Telemann and Maria Katharina Textor

Georg Philipp Telemann TELEMANN, G.P.: Pimpinone [Opera] (1725) For one reason or another, scholarship has been unable to ascertain the exact number of children sired by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). This numerical uncertainly—not all together uncommon in the history of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 14th, 2011