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Composers > Dmitry Kabalevsky
by Georg Predota | December 7th, 2017

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“Music helps children to see the world” Dmitry Kabalevsky was destined for a career in mathematics and economics, but his fascination with the arts steered his career in entirely different directions. Hailed by Soviet authorities as the guiding light of [...] more >>

Blog > Preludes for Piano
by Frances Wilson | December 6th, 2017

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There is a great tradition of prelude writing which stretches back to J S Bach, and beyond to the Renaissance, when musicians would use an improvisatory Praeludium (Prelude) as an opportunity to warm up fingers and check the instrument’s tuning [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Ring Bells! Sing Songs!: The Musical II
by Maureen Buja | December 5th, 2017

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The musical changed during WWII – the themes were less fantastical, the stories were set in more realistic backgrounds, and the international exposure that so many people had during the war made its appearance on the stage.

Composers > Inspiration > The Lighter Side of Music - French Cabaret
by Georg Predota | December 4th, 2017

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French Cabaret

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If you were looking for dinner and a song during the Second Empire in France—basically during the reign of Napoleon III from 1852-1870—the Parisian café-concert was the place to be. Providing a combination of food and entertainment that included strolling [...] more >>

Blog > Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017) - Elvis of Opera
by Georg Predota | December 3rd, 2017

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Elvis of Opera

Affectionately known as “Dima” to his family and closest friends, Dmitri Hvorostovsky commanded the operatic stage with his smoldering good looks and one of the most distinctive voices of his time. His velvety yet dark-grained baritone timbre, seamless legato and [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Silly Symphonies, Loony Tunes, and Merrie Melodies - Classical Music in Animation I
by Maureen Buja | December 3rd, 2017

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Classical Music in Animation I

Early in his animation career, Walt Disney discovered the importance of using music in his cartoons – his first animation with his new character, Mickey Mouse, was also the first animation to have synchronized sound. The steamboat chugs, Mickey sings, [...] more >>

Blog > Changing the Vocabulary
by Frances Wilson | December 3rd, 2017

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The way we interact with students, and the language we use with which to communicate with them, can have a profound effect on how our students react to our teaching and their own attitude to music making. Young people in [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Mapping the Musical Genome - The Mozart Family
by Georg Predota | December 2nd, 2017

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The Mozart Family

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The name “Mozart” is almost universally associated with the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus. However, Wolfie was not the only Mozart with significant musical talent, just take a quick look at his father. Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) was a [...] more >>