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La fille aux cheveux de lin or The Girl with the Flaxen Hair is the best-known piano prelude by the French impressionist...
5 flamenco guitar pieces of Joaquín Turina as performed by the best guitarists of the 20th century
Joaquín Turina is considered to be one of the most influential Spanish composers of the 20th century, especially for his...
Locrian mode: music examples and harmonic structure
Music theory describes seven diatonic scales of which the major and minor scales are the most functional and therefore...
The instrumental re-imagining of vocal music by Gerald Finzi, a countryside composer and apple grower
Gerald Finzi was an English composer whose work and lifestyle were immersed in the culture of his country, remaining...
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...
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...
The major chapter of guitar history introduced by María Luisa Anido
The exceptional Argentine guitarist, composer and teacher María Luisa Anido played a crucial role in the expansion of...
4 collections of early guitar music by enigmatic Santiago de Murcia discovered on 3 Continents
Little is known about the life of the late Baroque composer Santiago de Murcia whose survived collections of works...
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...
Miguel Llobet delivered flawless skill to future stars of classical guitar worldwide
Miguel Llobet was a Spanish guitar player, teacher, and composer whose contribution to the development of both classical...
Birds of the Amazon taught Villa-Lobos music
Primarily self-taught, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959) spent his early years absorbing the styles of...
Spanish guitar maestro who invented footstool wrote the Nokia tune
Spanish maestro Francisco Tárrega had a colossal influence on the guitar development—in terms of both technical...
Swiss-made prelude gifted to Segovia was never played by him
Andrés Segovia had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in the history of Western music. In his lifetime,...
Bacheler's unusually bright lute music depicts Queen Anne of Denmark
Daniel Bacheler (1572-1619) was an English lutenist and composer. Details of his life were obscure until Anne Batchelor...
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