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Musicians and Artists: Burney and Reynolds

Charles Burney (1726-1814) took on the three roles of music historian, composer, and musician. His first music books, The Present State of Music in France and Italy… (London, 1771) and The Present State of Music in Germany, the Netherlands, and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 17th, 2019
The Sonic Splendor of Pera (Istanbul)

Situated on a hill across the Gold Horn from the old city of Istanbul, the Levantine neighborhood of Pera—today known as Beyoğlu/Taksim —transformed into a remarkable cultural district in the second half of the 19th century. Called the crossroads of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 16th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Fauré and John Singer Sargent

French composer Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) had his musical talent recognized early and went on to become one of the most advanced and influential composers of his time. He held a number of church position as organist, and in 1871, he [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 10th, 2019
Song as the Great Leveler An Interview With Sam of Choir With No Name

We often talk of charities that speak for those who have no voice. In this case, we have a charity that gives the homeless a voice – an organized voice in a choir. Founded in 2008 with a mere 4 [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 9th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Chabrier and Friends

If you hang around in the arts, then you hang around with lots of kinds of artists – musicians don’t just pal around with other musicians but add all kinds of artists into their circles. Some of these circles, such [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 24th, 2019
From Mozart to Monk – Murakami’s Killing Commendatore

In Haruki Murakami’s many novels, there are always a number of references that will appear: Cats, Ears, Hokkaido, Wells or Deep Holes, Jazz, Classical Music, and so on. In his latest novel, Killing Commendatore, we have music in the very [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 13th, 2019
Violins of Hope

Music has long stirred the spirit. Since time immemorial it has allowed us to soar to other realms mitigating heartbreak, offering solace, and encouraging optimism. But can the musical instruments themselves bear witness? Imbue future generations with sentiments from a [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | December 15th, 2018
Ukiyo-e and the Western Musical Imagination II

Katsushika Hokusai once wrote, “When I was 50 I had published a universe of designs, but all I have done before the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75, I’ll have learned something of the pattern of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 7th, 2018