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Musicians and Artists: Berlin, Whiteman, Dove and others

As part of his six 1927 music paintings, Arthur Dove did three on George Gershwin’s music and one on Irving Berlin’s music. The link between Dove and these six paintings was Paul Whiteman and his Experiments in Modern Music concert [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 26th, 2019
Three Dynasties Make One Orchestra

On April 24 2019, Xavier Bouvier visited Shanghai and made headlines. A professor of composition at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, he donated a sketch to the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He’d purchased the sketch at an auction in [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang | May 6th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Gershwin and Dove

George Gershwin started on Broadway and finished on the opera stage. Along the way, he wrote the music that seemed to define the spark and light of the early American 20th century. The roaring 20s and Gershwin’s magic were brought [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 5th, 2019
Heinrich Heine’s Favorite Song Composer

Musical settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry must number in the thousands! An intricate response to the charged political environment of his day, not to mention his own turbulent life, Heine was able to create distinct emotions in his poetry. As [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 22nd, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Mendelssohn and Wilhelm Hensel

When you see ‘Mendelssohn,’ your first thought might be of Felix, but this is about Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s older sister.

by Maureen Buja | April 21st, 2019
Notre Dame de Paris The Birthplace of Modern Music

By now we have all seen the shocking images of the horrific fire engulfing Notre-Dame de Paris, the most famous Gothic Cathedral of the Middle Ages. For over 800 years, it has stood as an icon and symbol of Western [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 18th, 2019
“Heaven on Earth for Pianists” Summer Piano Courses in France with James Lisney

The piano summer school is now an established part of the year for many adult amateur pianists, eagerly anticipated and prepared for with great care. Much more than a “piano holiday”, the piano summer school is an opportunity to study [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson | April 17th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Schoenberg and Kandinsky

When you get two modern artists together, something special happens. In this case we have a composer/painter in Arnold Schoenberg and the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. As the story goes, in early January 1911, Kandinsky, who was in Munich, went [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 14th, 2019