The stymied adoption Alexander Grechaninov and Maria Grigorievna Sredin

Simultaneously completing his compositional requirements at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and working as a freelance music teacher, Alexander Grechaninov and Vera Ivanovna Röhrberg had trouble making ends meet. Luckily, Vera received a small monthly allowance from her father so that [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 12th, 2016
A Matter of Faith Alexander Grechaninov and Vera Ivanovna Röhrberg

Although his father was set steadfastly against it, Alexander Grechaninov was determined to become a musician. He abruptly left High School and was accepted at the Moscow Conservatory on a partial scholarship. During his years of study he witnessed the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 9th, 2016
Drowning in Passion Enrique Granados and Clotilde Godó Pelegrí

On 28 July 1894, Amparo gave birth to the first of their six children. With his family rapidly expanding, Enrique was desperately trying to secure a steady source of income. Various applications to conservatories in Barcelona and Madrid came to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 7th, 2016
Catalan Passion Enrique Granados and Maria de los Desamparados Gal y Lloveras

When pianist Enrique Granados (1867-1916) first appeared on stage on 20 April 1890, critics were simply ecstatic! “Granados will be one of the great artists who always seek applause in pure art, without flashiness and cheap concessions.” Praising the young [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 30th, 2016
For the love of Bach: Márta and György Kurtág

For the Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who celebrates his 90th birthday in 2016, two women have played a pivotal and decisive role in his personal and professional life. During his studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 14th, 2016
Always trust your Mother-in-Law! Max and Elsa Reger

Throughout the turbulent and highly emotional times of courtship and early marriage, Max and Elsa Reger could steadfastly rely on the support of Auguste von Bagenski, Reger’s mother in law. Auguste had taken an immediate liking to Max, and even [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 9th, 2016
A Date with “Schlamperl” Max Reger and Elsa von Bercken

Love, it is said, knows no boundaries! Too bad somebody forgot to tell the Catholic and Protestant Churches! You see, the German composer Max Reger was Catholic and the light of his eyes, Elsa von Bercken, was not only divorced [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 2nd, 2016
One heart and one soul! Ottorino Respighi and Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo

Tendonitis or related inflammations have ruined the aspiring careers of numerous young hopeful pianists. True to life, however, with one door of opportunity closing forever another door is just a likely to open up. Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo grew up in [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 10th, 2016