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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Whalien 52: uncovering the hidden meaning
Europe worshiped this 12th-century prophet for her visions rather than her music talent
Hildegard von Bingen—German abbess and visionary mystic—was one of the most enigmatic personalities of the Middle Ages....
The American boom of Cécile Chaminade's Romantic piano
French Romantic composer Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade enjoyed considerable success, touring as a pianist and...
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 alloy of melody and spoken word in the music of Reynaldo Hahn
Reynaldo Hahn was a Venezuelan-born—later naturalized French—composer, pianist, and singer who wrote in the French...
Recent study of Luigi Boccherini's skeleton revealed the threat of scoliosis for cellists
Luigi Boccherini was born in the Italian town of Lucca in Tuscany in 1743. He was the third child of a double-bass...
Ludwig August Lebrun: the sweet genius of Mannheim
Ludwig August Lebrun (1752—1790) was a phenomenal German oboist who contributed several mellow oboe pieces to the...
Enrique Granados' dramatic voyage was cut short by a German U-boat
Pantaléon Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña was one of the greatest pianists and composers of the Romantic period who...
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...
Anthony Holborne: the master of Elizabethan consort music
Antony Holborne was an English Renaissance composer whose music for lute and cittern appeared in two important...
Gondolier songs as the inspiration behind the romantic genre of Barcarolle
Originally a Venetian gondolier’s song, Barcarolle is characterized by gently rocking rhythms reminiscent of the...
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...
The unique music garden of Toru Takemitsu
Widely considered to be the greatest composer in the classical music tradition in modern Japan, Toru Takemitsu merged...
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...
Swedish Rhapsody variations for electric guitar
The painting Midsummer Eve bonfire on Skagen’s beach is a tribute to the artist colony in Skagen by Peder Severin Krøyer...
The boundless Flemish heritage of Heinrich Isaac
Heinrich Isaac (1450—1517) was a versatile and prolific Flemish composer of both secular and church music. He was a...
Sommernacht poem found its composer in a Swiss romantic after a century
Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957) was a remarkable Swiss composer during the first half of the twentieth century. In contrast...
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...
National holiday as a birthday gift for Denmark's biggest composer
Carl August Nielsen (1865-1931) was one of the major symphonists of the postromantic epoch and Denmark's most eminent...
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...
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...
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...
Five tones of Spielberg's alien language
Close Encounters of the Third Kind—Steven Spielberg’s first and perhaps best attempt at sci-fi—was released in 1977 only...
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...
Florida orange plantations cultivated an overlooked English composer
Frederick Delius (1862–1934) was one of the most distinctive composers in the revival of English music at the end of the...
Cachao: "Even when I am shaving I compose mambos"
Israel López Valdés (1918–2008), known invariably by the nickname Cachao, was a Cuban double bassist and composer,...
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...
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...
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