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
Musicians and Artists: Apostel and Kokoschka

The Viennese art historian Karl Swoboda (1889-1977) sponsored concerts at his home in 1920. One of those present was the artist Oskar Kokoschka. As he listened, he drew 20 chalk portraits of two women in the audience, one of whom [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 7th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Chopin and Delacroix

In a sense, Chopin (1810-1849) occupied two worlds. In Poland, he was Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin of Warsaw. And, after age 21, when he had settled in Paris, he was Frédéric François Chopin. This Polish/European duality drove his life.

by Maureen Buja | March 24th, 2019
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
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
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