“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

Charles Gounod Polyeucte (1878) 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 [...] 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
“The Secret Passage” Felix Mendelssohn and Delphine von Schauroth

Felix Mendelssohn Song without words Book 1, Op 19No. 6 Andante sostenuto in G minor “Venezianisches Gondellied” (Venetian Boat Song) No. 1 (1830) Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25 (1830-31) On his way to Italy, Felix Mendelssohn [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 30th, 2011
Violin Concerto of Renewed Passion Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Iosef Kotek II

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major Op.35 (1878) The world of Classical and Popular music is numerously populated by compositions that openly celebrate courtship, love, sex, and marriage. Equally numerous, although less overtly advertised, are works that exult in the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 14th, 2011
The Mermaid and the Prince Alexander Zemlinsky and Alma Schindler

Alexander Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) (1902-3) He only stood 157 centimeters, and his asymmetrical face featured bulging eyes, a large pointy nose and a receding chin. She towered at a statuesque 172 centimeters, with large hazel eyes, finely chiseled [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 31st, 2011
Funeral Rites for Gustav Gustav Mahler and Marion Mathilde von Weber

Gustav Mahler Symphony no.2 in C minor “Resurrection” (1894) After conducting a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s comic opera Die drei Pintos (The three Pintos) on January 20, 1888—with Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky in the audience—Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) went home [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 15th, 2011