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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
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...
Symphonic scores by Erich Wolfgang Korngold established new standards in the film industry
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian pianist and composer whose contribution to film music has actually set the...
Ernest Chausson as the first promoter of nascent impressionism
Ernest Chausson was a composer who, despite his rather humble body of work, still played a crucial role in the history...
The first English musical criticism written by Charles Avison argued that music evokes purely positive emotions
The fascination with the innermost working of the human mind and the nature of its response to certain triggers have...
Anton Diabelli: prolific composer and arranger excelled in publishing guitar and piano music for beginners
Anton Diabelli was an Austrian composer best known during the early Romantic period for his work as a music publisher...
Organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, an eminent maestro of Notre Dame de Paris
Louis Vierne was an outstanding musician, teacher and composer of organ music who for almost 40 years held the...
The Skaters' Waltz: subtle harmonies of romantic dance music by Emile Waldteufel
Les Patineurs Valse or the Skaters' Waltz is arguably the most famous of Émile Waldteufel's works. A late Romantic ...
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...
Marius Neset and London Sinfonietta: saxophone accompanied by world-class orchestra acquainted classical harmony with jazz rhythms
The intriguing cross-genre collaboration between the Norwegian jazz saxophonist Marius Neset and the London Sinfonietta...
Dionisio Aguado's guitar method and tripodison guitar stand have been in use for 200 years
Dionisio Aguado y García was a Spanish composer who laid the foundations of modern performing techniques on classical...
First ever composition for solo percussion by Edgard Varèse ionized Zappa to choose a career in music
Edgard Varèse was one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century who not only developed his own concept of...
Abdelazer: Purcell's suite for the failed play gained popularity thanks to Britten's arrangement for children
Abdelazer, or The Moor's Revenge, is a 1676 play by Aphra Behn who is considered to be one of the first known English...
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...
Pixinguinha: Brazilian saxophonist who established choro music as a pop genre
Pixinguinha, born Alfredo da Rocha Viana, Jr., was an iconic figure in Brazilian popular music who defined its new forms...
Cantus Arcticus: bird calls arranged for orchestra by Einojuhani Rautavaara were taped in Northern Finland
Cantus Arcticus is a three-part orchestral work created by the eminent Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara with the...
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...
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...
Mozart and Tom Waits wrote music for the glass armonica which was rumored to cause mental health damage
The glass armonica is one of many curious instruments that came into use with small ensembles during the transition from...
Orphénica Lyra: the largest collection of vihuela music introduced by Miguel de Fuenllana
Vihuela is a Renaissance-era musical instrument similar to a modern mini guitar. It is believed that the first vihuelas...
Spanish motifs contributed by Emmanuel Chabrier to the rise of Impressionism in France
Emmanuel Chabrier was a French composer of the Romantic era whose legal career forced him to study and write music...
Jacob do Bandolim: amateur musician who instilled mandolin fashion throughout America
Jacob Pick Bittencourt, nicknamed Jacob do Bandolim or Mandolin Jacob, was a Brazilian musician and composer working in...
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...
First compositions for koto presented out of court by Yatsuhashi Kengyō in the 17th century
Yatsuhashi Kengyō was a 17th-century Japanese composer who created a new concept of koto music, introducing the...
Pianola: the reproducing piano as the first Hi-Fi player and preservation capsule for recitals on piano rolls
Long before the recording era, mankind was already looking for ways to play music automatically. The earliest known...
Serenata Española by Joaquim Malats: the piano piece that conquered guitar world
Serenata Española, written by Spanish piano virtuoso Joaquim Malats, has been the most popular work among guitarists for...
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...
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...
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