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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
The lost Haydn concerto was found among the Czech castle documents
Cello Concerto in C demonstrates the many facets that are unique to the cello only, from growling low chords to sweet...
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...
Famous Sibelius piece was commissioned for a plywood mill anniversary
Jean Sibelius originally wrote Andante Festivo for a string quartet which was later made all the more luscious when he...
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 rock'n'roll wave overshadowed Lazybones writer
Hoagy Carmichael was an American composer, singer, pianist, and actor who wrote quite a few songs that ended up becoming...
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,...
Take 'A' train jazz standard originated from Duke Ellington's letter
Take the 'A' Train is a Billy Strayhorn composition that became a signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and is...
Bernini's famous fountains are filled with Respighi's music
Fontane di Roma is a symphonic poem written by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi in 1916. It depicts Rome’s...
Saint-Saëns' French horn Romance in hand-free performance
Camille Saint-Saëns was an anomaly among French composers of the 19th century due to his proficiency in writing for all...
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...
Grieg's exquisite Norwegian cocktail of mountains, forests and sea
Edvard Grieg composed the large body of his music surrounded by the scenic landscapes of the Hardanger fjord. Grieg's...
Flow, My Tears found popularity after John Dowland gave it lyrics
Originally composed as an instrumental theme, the lute song Flow, My Tears was created by the English Renaissance...
Piazzolla's bandoneón played vital part in the worldwide tango music revival
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Argentinian composer known for his brilliant tangos, naturally played bandoneón, the most...
Thomas Morley's legacy in English Renaissance tradition
The Renaissance composer and organist Thomas Morley (c.1557-1602) is best known as the father of the English madrigal....
Ellington's classic song established swing as a jazz form
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills,...
Gustav Holst's famous folk suite was dedicated to his students
Gustavus Theodore von Holst, a highly original and inventive composer, was born in England in 1874. Holst was appointed...
The misty seascape embodied in Mendelssohn's surging overture
The Hebrides, also called Hebrides Overture or Overture to the Lonely Isle, is an orchestra piece by Felix Mendelssohn,...
The scent of magnolia permeating Joaquin Rodrigo's concerto
It may come as a revelation that Joaquin Rodrigo wasn’t a guitarist, despite his contributions to the guitar repertoire...
Mozart's rewritten serenade inspired by street musicians
The Serenade in E-flat major exists in two versions: a sextet of two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns, and an...
Corelli's famous violin piece rearranged for oboe three centuries later
One of the seminal figures of early Baroque, Arcangelo Corelli, was the master of violin which supremacy in the...
Da Vinci's painting process depended on music
Leonardo Da Vinci was a master of many skills: architecture, astronomy, painting, sculpture, mathematics, anatomy,...
Defining Gershwin rhapsody was conceived on a train trip
Rhapsody in Blue is one of the most performed of all American concert pieces, and its opening clarinet glissando is the...
Folk dances illuminate the heritage of Gaspar Sanz, the Baroque guitar maestro
Composer, guitarist, organist and priest, Gaspar Sanz studied at the University of Salamanca, where he was later...
Beethoven was inspired by Goethe’s rhythmic poetry
From 1809 to 1810, Beethoven composed the overture to Goethe’s play Egmont, depicting the life of the count of Egmont, a...
The surviving pearl of Mademoiselle Paradis, contemporary of Mozart
Maria Theresia von Paradis was a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn. She achieved significant glory as both a composer and...
First solo trumpet piece in history belongs to German multi-instrumentalist
The Concerto in D major for trumpet, violins, and basso continuo, is a shiny eight-minute work composed by Georg Philipp...
Paul Reade: the man behind the fresh sound of Jane Eyre
Paul Reade was an English composer of last century. He worked on the BBC TV in the '60s, becoming the pianist and...
Beethoven's Romances uncover his staggering violin skills
Beethoven was a very skillful violinist. Although not a proficient musician, he possessed a deep passion for and...
Josquin des Prez: pioneer in the Franco-Flemish School of music
Josquin des Prez was the leading architect of the point of imitation style, in which a motif introduced in one voice is...
Brandenburg Concerto dedicated to the king's brother was never played at Brandenburg court
The Brandenburg Concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach are considered an example from the new era of masterful collaboration...
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