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Dido's Lament: sadness and simplicity of Purcell's best-known song
When I Am Laid In Earth or Dido's Lament is probably one of the saddest songs of the Baroque era, written by the English...
Les Indes Galantes: Rameau's controversial opera as the essence of Rococo style
Les Indes Galantes is Jean-Philippe Rameau's first stage work in the opéra-ballet form with a prologue and four entrées...
Ombra mai fu: Handel's best-known melody of failed Serse opera
The highly acclaimed instrumental composition known as Handel's Largo comes from the opening aria of his 1738 opera...
Lully's Passacaglia of Armide revised by Bear McCreary in Outlander score
The passacaglia is a slow dance that originated in Spain at the very beginning of the Baroque era, initially performed a...
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...
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...
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...
Gershwin's Summertime: the most recorded song draws inspiration from Ukrainian lullaby and African American spiritual
Written by the American composer George Gershwin in 1934, Summertime aria is now the most recorded song in the history...
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...
German roots of the Moon of Alabama
The Alabama Song first appeared in a collection of five poems published by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1927,...
Forest ranger's son fled home to reform the operatic world
Christoph Willibald Gluck was a revolutionary who moved the courtly genre of opera to the way beyond the narrow limits...
Peter Grimes outdoor premiere at Benjamin Britten's home beach
Despite reports that Benjamin Britten paced nervously at the back of the Sadler’s Wells Theatre when Peter Grimes first...
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