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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Whalien 52: uncovering the hidden meaning
The symbiosis of music and architecture in mathematical glissandi by Iannis Xenakis
The rapid growth of technology in the 20th century led to the beginning of a new era in the music industry when the...
Organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, an eminent maestro of Notre Dame de Paris
Louis Vierne was an outstanding musician, teacher and composer of organ music who for almost 40 years held the...
The Skaters' Waltz: subtle harmonies of romantic dance music by Emile Waldteufel
Les Patineurs Valse or the Skaters' Waltz is arguably the most famous of Émile Waldteufel's works. A late Romantic ...
Dionisio Aguado's guitar method and tripodison guitar stand have been in use for 200 years
Dionisio Aguado y García was a Spanish composer who laid the foundations of modern performing techniques on classical...
First ever composition for solo percussion by Edgard Varèse ionized Zappa to choose a career in music
Edgard Varèse was one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century who not only developed his own concept of...
Ferdinando Carulli: the Parisian sensation and décacorde guitar inventor
Ferdinando Carulli was among the most influential Italian guitarists whose music, textbooks, and instrument design...
The Flower Duet of Lakmé: the love drama of an Indian girl and a British soldier made airborne
The Flower Duet is a famous operatic duet which popularity has spread far beyond interests of classical music audience...
Classic examples of the Phrygian mode through the music eras
From Middle Ages to modernity, Western music has been largely based on diatonic scales that organize seven notes into...
Spanish motifs contributed by Emmanuel Chabrier to the rise of Impressionism in France
Emmanuel Chabrier was a French composer of the Romantic era whose legal career forced him to study and write music...
Serenata Española by Joaquim Malats: the piano piece that conquered guitar world
Serenata Española, written by Spanish piano virtuoso Joaquim Malats, has been the most popular work among guitarists for...
Rich music collection of the Trecento times recovered from Florentine palimpsest
It is difficult to imagine, in the current digital world, the serious difficulties associated with recording any...
The many attempts of Romantic composers to adapt Shakuntala love story from Mahabharata epic
The love story of Shakuntala is first mentioned in the oldest Sanskrit epic of the Mahābhārata which could be traced...
Giulio Regondi, the guitar prodigy behind early Romantic repertoire, was conned by false parent
Giulio Regondi was one of the most virtuosic guitarists of the early Romantic period who began earning flattering...
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 early collaboration of flute and viol in the court of Versailles
In one of his marvelous court paintings, André Bouys depicts four prominent composers working on a composition for...
Guitar virtuoso Napoléon Coste suffered from acute piano phobia
The creative life of the brilliant French guitarist and composer Napoléon Coste happened to blossom during the Romantic...
The perfect union of Italian and French styles by Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (née Elisabeth Jacquet) was one of the first female composers known to history, as...
The American boom of Cécile Chaminade's Romantic piano
French Romantic composer Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade enjoyed considerable success, touring as a pianist and...
The alloy of melody and spoken word in the music of Reynaldo Hahn
Reynaldo Hahn was a Venezuelan-born—later naturalized French—composer, pianist, and singer who wrote in the French...
The four elements of nature expressed in musical form by Jean-Féry Rebel
French composer Jean-Féry Rebel was born in 1666 to a distinguished musical family. His father and uncle were French...
Gondolier songs as the inspiration behind the romantic genre of Barcarolle
Originally a Venetian gondolier’s song, Barcarolle is characterized by gently rocking rhythms reminiscent of the...
La Mer poem became an international hit after years of searching for a melody
Charles Trenet was one of the most influential popular French songwriters in the mid-20th century. A performer of...
150 composers contributed to La Folia through the centuries
La Folia is one of the most revered melodies in music history. Originating as a late fifteenth-century Portuguese dance...
Choosing career in music got Rameau expelled from school
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) was one of the truly multifaceted French composers and theorists, with his theoretical...
Influential music teacher Nadia Boulanger considered her music worthless
Juliette Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979) was conductor, composer, and one of the most influential teachers of musical...
Accordion for Amélie was discovered by a lucky accident
Amélie is a 2001 French romantic comedy classic directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet that depicts a contemporary yet...
Famous harp masterpiece was created to show off a new instrument
François-Adrien Boieldieu's output of instrumental music was initially meager and virtually ceased once he became one of...
Indecent Ciaconne dance came from the New World and swept Europe off its feet
Chaconne or Ciaconne is a fiery dance popularized in Spain in 17th century which later gave birth to a new musical form...
Saint-Saëns' French horn Romance in hand-free performance
Camille Saint-Saëns was an anomaly among French composers of the 19th century due to his proficiency in writing for all...
The jig dance tradition: five centuries old and still counting
Jig is a folk dance that became popular in Scotland and northern England in the 16th century and in Ireland in the 18th...
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The History of Popular Music
Discover stories from each decade. Listen to gems from the 1960s, 1970s, and more.
Explore Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian, and other modes through the harmonic analysis of popular songs.
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Indian Classical Music
Dive into the South Asian philosophy through Indian classical music. Learn about musical traditions of the Hindustani and Carnatic culture.
The Epoch of Romanticism
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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Für Elise: 2 versions of Beethoven's best-known piano piece
Ständchen from Schwanengesang serenade as Schubert's last testament
Phrygian mode in Pink Floyd songs
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
Om Namo Narayanaya: meaning and purpose of popular Vishnu mantra
Je te veux: Satie's love song refashioned as piano piece