Musicians and Artists: Farinelli and Amigoni

The Italian soprano castrato singer Carlo Borschi, better known simply as Farinelli, studied in Naples under the most famous teacher of singing of the day, Nicola Porpora. Porpora, a successful opera composer, had his student debut in his work Angelica [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 11th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Gottschalk and Art

Louis Moreau Gottschalk was the original 19th-century musical rebel. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1829, he was a music prodigy, making his public debut at age 11. When he was 13, he went to Paris with his father and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 4th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Ortiz and Veronese

In his monumental painting, The Wedding at Cana (1563), the Italian painter Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) portrayed the biblical story of the marriage at Cana (John 2:1-11) where Jesus saves the celebration by his miraculous conversion of water into wine. The [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 28th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Virtuosos and Ingres

The French neo-classical painter Jean-Auguste-Domique Ingres (1780-1867) was very much a student of the academic painter Jacques-Louis David and brought David’s classical and restrained model into the nineteenth century. In addition to his considerable painting skills, he was also a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 14th, 2019
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