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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Unraveling the meaning of Aserejé
Gymnopédies: the ambient genre predicted by piano gems of late Romanticism
The term ambient music was introduced in the 1970s by the famous English experimenter Brian Eno who used newly invented...
The multicultural heritage of Granville Bantock from Celtic folk music to Eastern philosophy of Omar Khayyám
Granville Bantock was one of the most cheerful English composers whose rich heritage comprised more than 800 works which...
Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: the prog family who proclaimed Sunday All Over the World
One of the brightest collaborations of the late 1980s arose after the wedding of postpunk singer Toyah Willcox and...
Bach and Abel: a collaboration that lived in two generations of composers
The prominent German composer and multi-instrumentalist Carl Friedrich Abel was born into an extraordinary musical...
Mussorgsky's pictures redrawn for the prog rock exhibition
Piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition written by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874 retains its innovative...
Only 3 Mantras survived from Sanskrit opera Avatara by John Foulds
One of the greatest areas of music history still remaining largely uncharted is the influence of Indian philosophy on...
Quadraphonic vinyl reveals new Atom Heart Mother details
In the late 1960s, after the stereo sound almost completely replaced the mono format in the recording industry, the...
A story of love and friendship in the music of World War I
Frederick Septimus Kelly, a gifted Australian-born musician who spent much of his life in England, was among the...
Just Another Diamond Day: the stunning rediscovery of the hippie-era gem
Vashti Bunyan is an English singer and songwriter primarily known for her 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day, which was...
Anthony Holborne: the master of Elizabethan consort music
Antony Holborne was an English Renaissance composer whose music for lute and cittern appeared in two important...
Literary recital for fiddle and harmonium with British flavour
A rare duo that brings together two of Britain's foremost folk and jazz artists was formed by a Scottish fiddler Aidan...
Classical modernity in Anna Meredith's underwater reality
The Scottish composer Anna Meredith has already worked with the BBC and countless orchestras and chamber ensembles...
Jazz dinosaur of the new generation
Rising English trumpeter Laura Jurd has garnered an armful of awards in her relatively brief career, including both for...
Florida orange plantations cultivated an overlooked English composer
Frederick Delius (1862–1934) was one of the most distinctive composers in the revival of English music at the end of the...
Harp traditions of two continents united in a unique collaboration
Senegal and Wales share few obvious similarities, but Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch, respectively maestros of the kora...
Exceptional sensibility of consort music from the traveling maestro of the Stuart era
John Jenkins (1592–1678), lutenist and string player, was the most eminent composer of the Stuart and Commonwealth eras...
'English Dances' creator was fascinated by jazz in youth
Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold (1921–2006), British composer and conductor, has an impressive body of work to his name,...
Cream's biggest hit inspired by Hendrix's debut in England
Sunshine of Your Love by the British rock band Cream is perhaps their best known song that spawned numerous covers...
Electronic jazz achieves ambiance with exotic Swiss-made drum
The Portico Quartet is a contemporary jazz and ethnic fusion ensemble from South London. The band is known for their use...
Ghosts of past wars alive in the Lowlands of Holland
The Lowlands of Holland is a popular British folk song that depicts a young widow mourning her husband whose ship was...
Obscured by Vivaldi, an Italian virtuoso found fans in England
Francesco Saverio Geminiani—influential Italian violinist, composer, and theorist—was born in 1687 in the scenic town of...
Prog rock version of Jerusalem was banned by BBC
Jerusalem is a British national song based on a poem by William Blake printed in 1808. At the heart of the poem is the...
Ursula Le Guin as told through English alt-folk
Alt-folk band This Is the Kit is a project started by the British musician Kate Sables that comes to life through...
Brian Eno's Airport Music for orchestra
It is useless to speculate now which direction the genre of ambient might have taken if not for Brian Eno, the revered...
The Birth of 'Venus': from Stephen Foster, to The Big 3, and Shocking Blue
Stephen Foster (1826—1864) was an American composer whose vast contribution to a popular song, specifically the ballad...
Nameless trumpet sonata credited to Purcell after years of debate
Henry Purcell, the most prominent English figure of the Baroque era, covered a wide field of genres, producing music for...
Mother of film score genre learned music through BBC radio broadcasts
Doreen Mary Carwithen, also known as Mary Alwyn, was the first student to be selected from the Royal Academy to join an...
William Walton forgot that his only guitar work was written for guitar
Great guitarist Julian Bream commissioned music from a number of composers to contribute to the creation of the modern...
The true soul behind Elgar's Enigma Variations
Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, originally titled Variations on an Original Theme, is famous for its mysterious name,...
The lively nature of A Color Symphony emerged from the Great War horrors
A Colour Symphony, dedicated to the legendary conductor Sir Adrian Boult, was the first major orchestral work by the...
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The History of Popular Music
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Indian Classical Music
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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
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Beatles songs composed with just three primary chords
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