The Interplay of Art, Music and Dance

“Painting can be a conversation with oneself and, at the same time, it can be a conversation with other paintings” (Jasper Johns, 1989) In this second of two articles I will briefly return to the relationship between Edvard Munch, the [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | May 14th, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Ralph Vaughan Williams

The preeminent British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) set the model for British music in the 20th century: he wrote symphonies and for the cinema, he set lyrics by great authors and those little known.

by Maureen Buja | May 12th, 2017
Composers and their Poets: Ernest Chausson

French composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) whose early death in a bicycle accident cut short a career just as it was beginning to flourish. His position as secretary of the Société Nationale de Musique for 13 years put him at the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 5th, 2017
Composers and their Poets: John Dowland

Many aspects about the life of John Dowland (1563-1626) remain a mystery – his biography is full of ‘it is generally thought…’. It is generally thought he was born in London but one historian also claims an Irish source for [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 28th, 2017
Thou Lovely Art: Stefan Zweig and Music

The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was one of the most famous international authors in the 1920s and 1930s, but the advent of National Socialism in Germany caused the author to flee to New York and from there to Brazil, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 21st, 2017
Composers and their Poets: Ravel II

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) set a distinctive poem by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) in 1895, but it didn’t appear in print until 1953, some 16 years after his death. Un grand sommeil noir from Verlaine’s collection Sagesse, is a remarkably morbid poem [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 14th, 2017
Composers and their Poets: Ravel I

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was regarded in the early 20th century as France’s greatest living composer. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire but his time there ended badly. He entered as a piano student at age 14 but by age 18, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 7th, 2017
Composers and their Poets: Falla

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) set relatively little vocal music and the most well-known of his vocal setting is of a set of 7 anonymous popular songs from different regions of Spain: Murcia, Aragon, the north of Spain, the Moorish south, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 31st, 2017