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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Unraveling the meaning of Aserejé
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...
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...
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...
Ottoman heritage captured in music manuscripts of Bobowski
The oldest known examples of Ottoman music notation can be found in a few manuscripts compiled by composer and polyglot...
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 vital source of Lutheran music by Andreas Hammerschmidt
Andreas Hammerschmidt was a German composer and organist of Bohemian birth whose works played an important part in the...
Mecca for organ music created by Dieterich Buxtehude in Lübeck
The picture Musical Company by Johannes Voorhout shows baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude playing the viol while his...
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...
The Orpheus of Amsterdam: the joyful nickname for organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
The ‘Orpheus of Amsterdam’ was the nickname lovingly given to Jan Pietersz Sweelinck (1562–1621), an organist, composer...
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...
Amsterdam's free spirit for the Italian virtuoso
Pietro Locatelli (1695—1764), Italian violinist and composer, was one of the first great violinists who practiced...
German maestro ordered all his music to be set on fire
Christoph Graupner (1683–1760) was one of the principal German composers of the period shared by J.S. Bach and Georg...
The sorely short career of the Abreu brothers duo
The brothers Sérgio and Eduardo Abreu were active during the 60’s and the early 70’s and are considered by many the best...
Only 18 sonatas survived to be the only proof of the maestro's life
Giovanni Battista Fontana was a composer and violinist in the early Baroque period. Unfortunately, only a couple of...
Classic textbook by great Austrian composer eclipsed his talent
Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist, and teacher of the late Baroque era. He is most famous as...
Neapolitan lutier died in terrible plague that destroyed the kingdom
The worst disaster to strike the kingdom and city of Naples in the 1600s was the plague of 1656. The outbreak of the...
Venetian architecture sparked a new musical era in Europe
Giovanni Gabrieli was one of the most influential musicians of his time, representing the culmination of the Venetian...
Lute fell into obscurity after the death of its greatest maestro
Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750) was one of the most important composers in lute music history. Born into a...
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...
The voice that carried guitar over the barriers of Cultural Revolution
Born in Beijing following the Cultural Revolution—during which Western music and instruments were banned—Xuefei Yang ...
Exceptional sensibility of consort music from the traveling maestro of the Stuart era
John Jenkins (1592–1678), lutenist and string player, was the most eminent composer of the Stuart and Commonwealth eras...
Forgotten German composer behind the shift from Baroque to Classical
Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) was the leader of the transitional period from late Baroque to early Classical in his...
Obscured by Vivaldi, an Italian virtuoso found fans in England
Francesco Saverio Geminiani—influential Italian violinist, composer, and theorist—was born in 1687 in the scenic town of...
Alessandro Scarlatti: Italian opera innovator was lost in history for two centuries
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) was among the most important Italian composers of the late Baroque period. His huge...
Nameless trumpet sonata credited to Purcell after years of debate
Henry Purcell, the most prominent English figure of the Baroque era, covered a wide field of genres, producing music for...
Bach's brilliant cello suites survived thanks to Anna Magdalena
The Bach collection of six suites for solo cello may have been written around 1720 as basic practice pieces intended to...
The Celtic Baroque roots of Stairway to Heaven
Irish musician Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) is considered to be a pioneer in blending court music of the Baroque era...
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...
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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