Musicians and Artists: Ethel Waters and Beauford Delaney

The American artist Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1901 and showed skill in drawing from an early age. His activities in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance as a pastel portraitist brought him into conjunction with [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 23rd, 2019
Composers and their Poets: Strauss Gets Married

Richard Strauss used the world of literature in his song settings, from sixteenth-century poems by Shakespeare to the poems of his contemporaries such as Richard Dehmel. His experience in writing operas also developed his song-writing abilities. His first song, “Weihnachtslied’ [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 16th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Pasqualini and Sacchi

The signs of greatness can include many things, but being crowned by Apollo, the god of music and the arts (among many other attributes), is a definite signal. Marc’Antonio Pasqualini (1614-1691) was a celebrated male soprano from Rome, first singing [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 9th, 2019
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
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
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