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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
Things Lost In The Fire: Norwegian folk of Geirr Tveitt
The very mindful application of folk music to classical during the early 20th century became a global trend since every...
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...
'English Dances' creator was fascinated by jazz in youth
Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold (1921–2006), British composer and conductor, has an impressive body of work to his name,...
'Mysterious Mountain' creator was not thrilled with its popularity
American composer Alan Hovhaness is perhaps most known for his work Mysterious Mountain, or Symphony No.2, which proved...
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...
Influential music teacher Nadia Boulanger considered her music worthless
Juliette Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979) was conductor, composer, and one of the most influential teachers of musical...
Modern jazz trumpet for gifted Mozart scholar
Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) was an Austrian composer and outstanding virtuoso pianist during the transition period...
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...
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...
There were no bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover
(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover is an iconic song composed in 1941 by the American songwriting...
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...
The world's first gramophone record for Paraguayan guitar
South American guitar maestro Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944) was born into a large family with seven sons in the...
Im Sommerwind is an atypical work of the typical modernist composer
Austrian composer Anton Webern rose to fame as a member of the Second Viennese School, a prominent movement known for...
Romeo and Juliet eclipsed by the tragic beauty of Chinese Butterfly Lovers
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto is one of the best known classical orchestra pieces in China, though a vast...
Cal Tjader: the inception of Latin jazz in the Bay Area
Vibraphonist Cal Tjader was a fruitful composer who combined Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms with jazz harmonies,...
The Birth of 'Venus': from Stephen Foster, to The Big 3, and Shocking Blue
Stephen Foster (1826—1864) was an American composer whose vast contribution to a popular song, specifically the ballad...
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...
Mother of film score genre learned music through BBC radio broadcasts
Doreen Mary Carwithen, also known as Mary Alwyn, was the first student to be selected from the Royal Academy to join an...
Dede Efendi: the father of the famous Ottoman waltz
İsmail Dede Efendi (1778–1846) is one of the greatest Turkish classical composers. He has created masterpieces in all...
William Walton forgot that his only guitar work was written for guitar
Great guitarist Julian Bream commissioned music from a number of composers to contribute to the creation of the modern...
The lively nature of A Color Symphony emerged from the Great War horrors
A Colour Symphony, dedicated to the legendary conductor Sir Adrian Boult, was the first major orchestral work by the...
Fernando Sor: the Beethoven of the guitar
Spanish composer Fernando Sor was probably the most well-known guitar player in what has since been dubbed the First...
The Stride Piano founder left nightclubs in favor of symphonic music
James P. Johnson has secured an honorable place in jazz music history as one of the most gifted piano players and...
English Idyll through the eyes of the Lost Generation hero
Promising English composer George Butterworth appeared to show no interest in writing symphonic music, instead...
Dvorak's string serenade is a mirror of his blissful years
For Antonin Dvořák, 1875 was a grand time for both creative productivity and wholesome family life. The birth of his...
Nelson's time in the Marines inspired his future composer career
Oliver Edward Nelson (1932–1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He is best remembered for...
Famous harp masterpiece was created to show off a new instrument
François-Adrien Boieldieu's output of instrumental music was initially meager and virtually ceased once he became one of...
Comic 'Italienische Serenade' was the end of Hugo Wolf
The inspiration for the Italian Serenade came to Hugo Wolf from the novella Leben eines Taugenichts by the German...
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...
Authentic recreation of Alfonso X El Sabio's medieval works
Alfonso X el Sabio, byname Alfonso the Wise, or the Learned (1221-1284) was the king of Castile and Leon. Along with his...
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Phrygian mode in Pink Floyd songs
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