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Mapping the Musical Genome: The Lassus Family

According to popular legend, Orlande de Lassus, born in 1530 or 1532 in the Franco-Flemish province of Hainaut, was abducted three times because of the beauty of his voice! Probably pure fabrication, it nevertheless provides a fictional narrative that explains [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 9th, 2017
Destination Tokyo

You want to check out the city ahead of the crush of the 2020 Summer Olympics, here’s a bit of travel music to see the city. City sounds, traditional sounds, the modern and the antique are all part of Japanese [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 8th, 2017
Ring Bells! Sing Songs!: The Musical II

The musical changed during WWII – the themes were less fantastical, the stories were set in more realistic backgrounds, and the international exposure that so many people had during the war made its appearance on the stage.

by Maureen Buja | December 5th, 2017
The Lighter Side of Music French Cabaret

If you were looking for dinner and a song during the Second Empire in France—basically during the reign of Napoleon III from 1852-1870—the Parisian café-concert was the place to be. Providing a combination of food and entertainment that included strolling [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 4th, 2017
Silly Symphonies, Loony Tunes, and Merrie Melodies Classical Music in Animation I

Early in his animation career, Walt Disney discovered the importance of using music in his cartoons – his first animation with his new character, Mickey Mouse, was also the first animation to have synchronized sound. The steamboat chugs, Mickey sings, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 3rd, 2017
Mapping the Musical Genome The Mozart Family

The name “Mozart” is almost universally associated with the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus. However, Wolfie was not the only Mozart with significant musical talent, just take a quick look at his father. Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) was a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 2nd, 2017
Ring Bells! Sing Songs!: The Musical I

The jubilant title of this series reflects so much of what we love about musicals: catchy songs, bright melodies, and great sounds all around. The history of the musical (musical comedy, musical play) begins with the first applications of music [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | November 28th, 2017
At the Center of the Musical Universe Niccolò Paganini II

Niccolò Paganini had patiently confined his concert activities to Italy for almost 20 years before setting out to conquer various European capitals. Initially he appeared in Vienna and Franz Schubert excitedly reported, “We will never hear his like again!” He [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 27th, 2017