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Somos Novios: exploring the meaning of Manzanero's famous bolero
In 1968, Mexican songwriter Armando Manzanero released the enchanting love song Somos Novios. Two years later, American...
Tornerò: revealing the song meaning
Tornerò—the 1974 debut single by the Italian pop group I Santo California—may have initially achieved only moderate...
Nuvole Blanche: the critical simplicity of Einaudi's best-known piece
Nuvole Blanche is one of the best-known piano pieces by the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi released on his 2004 album...
Yo No Te Pido la Luna: origins and meaning of Daniela Romo's best hit
Yo No Te Pido la Luna is an influential Latino pop song whose musical harmony borrows from the 1980s Italian track Non...
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...
Gabriel's Oboe: soulful Morricone tune that soothes the Iguazu Falls
Gabriel's Oboe is a short instrumental piece written by Ennio Morricone for a key scene in Roland Joffé's period drama...
The first-ever music for solo theorbo by Kapsberger
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger was an Italian composer of German origin whose creative activity occupied the transition...
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...
Giovanni Bottesini as most influential contrabass maestro of the Romanticism
Giovanni Bottesini was an Italian composer and legendary contrabassist of the Romantic period whose work for solo double...
Vivaldi's two mandolin concertos as the core of classical mandolin music
Although the mandolin in its modern design can be traced from the second half of the Baroque period, its role in...
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...
Lamento de la Ninfa: Monteverdi's song of love, fire and ice
Lamento de la Ninfa is one of the most famous vocal pieces of Claudio Monteverdi, a leading Italian composer whose work...
Microtonality: the variety of approaches to microtonal music in world cultures
In theory, microtonal music describes a piece that contains one or more intervals measuring below a semitone. Although...
Matteo Carcassi's guitar etudes of early Romanticism are still relevant for teaching classical guitar
Matteo Carcassi was an Italian guitar composer whose creative period coincided with the expansion of classical music...
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...
The guitar caprices of Luigi Legnani imbued with famous Paganini works
Luigi Legnani was a guitar composer whose most active years coincided with the rise of the Romantic period which was...
Nicola Porpora: operatic composer made history as a music teacher of Haydn and Farinelli
Nicola Porpora was an Italian composer of the late Baroque period whose operas brimmed with an excellent orchestral...
Ferruccio Busoni as a great piano transcriber of Bach's keyboard music
Ferruccio Busoni was an Italian pianist, composer and theoretical writer whose creative period fell on the transitional...
Ferdinando Carulli: the Parisian sensation and décacorde guitar inventor
Ferdinando Carulli was among the most influential Italian guitarists whose music, textbooks, and instrument design...
Devil's Trill Sonata: Giuseppe Tartini was unable to recreate Lucifer's music played in his dream
Despite its ominous title, the Devil's Trill Sonata is a gentle and peaceful Baroque piece for solo violin accompanied...
Zefiro Torna: famous madrigal by Monteverdi lauds the west wind that brings spring
Originating in the 14th century as a poetic form, the madrigal is a short poem of lyrical content. During the...
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...
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...
A spice of Italy, delivered to London by Nicola Matteis, edged out the French dance fashion from violin music
One of the first pieces of evidence of Italian invasion during the Baroque period in England is Ayrs for the Violin—the...
Why birds sing their songs: great maestros proving the musicality of nightingale, cuckoo, yellowhammer
It is no coincidence that the sounds emitted by birds are known in many languages as "songs", rather than simple animal...
Lodovico Giustini wrote the first ever piano sonatas for the instrument invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori
One of the main disadvantages of the harpsichord is its constant volume level which does not depend on the strength of...
Beethoven's famous piano trio carried the genre to the Romantic era
Compositions written for a group of three instruments where the leading piano is usually accompanied by a violin and...
The necessity of undramatic humanity in Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch
A set of 11 short stories collected in the film Coffee and Cigarettes depicts the nostalgic era every older smoker might...
Fiery dances of Marco Uccellini from Forlimpopoli
Forlimpopoli is a tiny Italian town located on the Romagna plain, at the foot of the Apennines. Founded by Romans in the...
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