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
Composers and Their Poets: Loewe

For the singing German 19th century, we tend to focus these days on Schubert and Schumann. But there were many many other lied composers and for an example we can look at Carl Loewe (1796-1869).

by Maureen Buja | March 24th, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Hahn

The composer Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) was active in many different aspects of French musical life: he was a singer and a director, a conductor and a critic, and last, but not least, a composer and an artist. He entered the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 17th, 2017
Edvard Munch — Henrik Ibsen — Edvard Grieg

A recent exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia ‘Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life’ brought together works of the two painters, the Abstract Expressionist Jasper Johns (1930-) and the Norwegian [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | March 12th, 2017
Pioneers of the Japanese Art Song Hakushū Kitahara and Kosaku Yamada

Hakushū Kitahara (1885-1942) is widely regarded as one of the most popular and important poets in modern Japanese literature. Active during the Taishō and Shōwa periods, and founder of his own literary group that included painters, musicians and actors, he [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 10th, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Gerald Finzi

We generally don’t think of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) as a source for song texts but rather as the man for tales of the realism and drama of the Victorian English countryside. Yet, when the 20th century hit, nearly all Hardy [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 3rd, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz ((1803-1869) is known for his monumental orchestral works, for his utter command of orchestration, and for his gothic horror in the Symphonie fantastique. We often forget, however, that he was also known for his songs. In a rare [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 24th, 2017