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Aham Prema: meaning behind the modern yoga chant
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Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Wiegenlied (Eng: Lullaby or Cradle Song) is one of Johannes Brahms' best-known pieces and probably the most famous...
Badinerie: origins of Bach's famous flute suite
Badinerie—the final movement of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor—is rightfully recognized as one of the...
Pachelbel's Canon: the harmonic sequence that flooded pop music
Pachelbel's Canon, also known as Canon and Gigue in D, is the best-known piece by German composer Johann Pachelbel which...
Marcello's Oboe Concerto arranged by Bach and mistakenly attributed to Vivaldi
Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings, and continuo, also known as Marcello's Oboe Concerto, can rightfully be called a...
6 songs combining harmonic minor and Aeolian mode
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Kinderszenen and Schumann's metronome mystery
Kinderszenen or Scenes from Childhood is a set of short piano pieces written by Robert Schumann in 1838. Although these...
The first-ever music for solo theorbo by Kapsberger
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8 orchestral pieces depicting thunderstorms
Of all the meteorological phenomena, thunderstorms are perhaps one of the most imposing forces of nature, so it is not...
Early flute tuning improvements by Quantz
Johann Joachim Quantz was a famous German flautist and music theorist who had a major influence on the evolution of his...
Classical music examples imitating bees and buzzing insects
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Mixolydian mode: famous examples in classical and pop music
In the 17th century, the major and minor scales became the basis for almost all classical music compositions. This...
Shakespearean characters expressed through atonality in atypical guitar sonata by Hans Werner Henze
Royal Winter Music is one of the most atypical works for classical guitar that reveals incredible possibilities of the...
Fantasiestucke: three famous piano opuses by Robert Schumann
The influential German composer Robert Schumann repeatedly used the title Fantasiestüske as a thematic description of a...
Crickets choir: musical examples imitating rhythmic patterns of chorusing insects
One of the most mesmerizing sounds in nature is the bizarre rhythmic patterns generated by chorusing insects. While...
Сontemporary orchestration of early Italian music by Bruno Maderna
Bruno Maderna was an outstanding Italian conductor and composer whose music was mostly associated with avant-garde and...
Ferruccio Busoni as a great piano transcriber of Bach's keyboard music
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Mozart and Tom Waits wrote music for the glass armonica which was rumored to cause mental health damage
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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...
Mass in B minor: how to separate original scores of J.S. Bach from his son's later edits?
The Mass in B minor is one of the latest works of J.S. Bach in which he set a liturgical Latin text to music. Clocking...
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...
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...
Hermann of Reichenau: disabled monk who boosted art and science 1000 years ago
A remarkable figure of the 11th century, Hermann of Reichenau was a chronicler, composer, poet, and scientist who...
The vital source of Lutheran music by Andreas Hammerschmidt
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Europe worshiped this 12th-century prophet for her visions rather than her music talent
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Mecca for organ music created by Dieterich Buxtehude in Lübeck
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Ludwig August Lebrun: the sweet genius of Mannheim
Ludwig August Lebrun (1752—1790) was a phenomenal German oboist who contributed several mellow oboe pieces to the...
German maestro ordered all his music to be set on fire
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CAN: from the mind of Czukay to the golden age of krautrock
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German roots of the Moon of Alabama
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