Music and Art: Carlos Chávez and Diego Rivera

Two of the greatest of Mexico’s artists, composer and pianist Carlos Chávez and painter and muralist Diego Rivera created a ballet on an unlikely subject: Caballos de vapor (Horsepower, or H.P.). The subject however, was close to both artists’ hearts: [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 9th, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Edward MacDowell

The American composer and pianist Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) was one of the best-known American composers at the turn of the 20th century. He started studying piano early and by age 16, his mother had taken him to the Paris Conservatoire. [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 2nd, 2017
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