Full Steam Ahead Musical Train Journeys III

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) is rightfully credited with merging the music of his native Brazil with musical elements and stylistic features from a central-European classical tradition. Born in Rio de Janeiro but trained in the European Conservatory tradition, Villa-Lobos began to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 11th, 2018
Musical Migrations

The art of music is inexorably linked to the dimension of time. As such it fundamentally mirrors the sense of movement or journey that is an essential element of the human condition. Humankind has migrated to every corner of the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 8th, 2018
Full Steam Ahead Musical Train Journeys II

In his hometown of Copenhagen, Hans Christian Lumbye (1810-1874) was known as the “Strauss of the North.” It all started when he heard a Viennese orchestra play music by Johann Strauss I, Fire and flame, Lumbye appeared at the head [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 4th, 2018
Pop Goes the Orchestra

In the US, it’s known as ‘Pops Music’ (not to be confused with Pop Music). It’s music for the lighter side of classical, music that the entire audience can just sink back and listen to, and, on occasion, sing along [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | April 3rd, 2018
Anatoly Lunacharsky:More than the saviour of Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev, one of the greatest composers of Russia, would never forget that day after the Revolution. He left Russia with the official blessing and warning of the Soviet Minister Anatoly Lunacharsky: “You are running away from events, and these [...] more >>

by Frank Xu | March 29th, 2018
Full Steam Ahead Musical Train Journeys

Life is a journey, and truth be told, when it comes to transportation I much prefer trains to airplanes.

by Georg Predota | March 28th, 2018
WWI Composers: Elgar, Schoenberg and Holst

The First World War was not merely a global military conflict; it also had far reaching implications for civilian life. It called upon women to become a fundamental part of the war effort, carrying out domestic labor, waged industrial labor, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 21st, 2018
Musical Voices of WWI (1914-18) Kreisler, Caplet and Hindemith

In 1910, Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) was at the top of his game! He had just premiered the Elgar Violin Concerto under the composer’s direction at Queen’s Hall in London, and he was revered as one of the finest instrumentalists of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 14th, 2018