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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
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...
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...
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...
Majestic heart of the ancient Gamelan orchestra
Gamelan is the term used for a traditional musical ensemble in Indonesia, typically refering to a percussion orchestra...
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...
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...
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...
Moonlight Serenade got its name to contrast the sun
Glenn Miller, American big band leader, composer, and trombonist, is considered the primary musical symbol of the World...
'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...
Belated appreciation for the history-making Florence Price
The modern rediscovery of the little-known African-American composer Florence Price only began in 2009, when a large...
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...
The most performed contemporary composer grew up with Bob Marley music
Jennifer Higdon is a contemporary composer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Awards. According to a recent...
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...
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...
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...
The true soul behind Elgar's Enigma Variations
Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, originally titled Variations on an Original Theme, is famous for its mysterious name,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Peter Grimes outdoor premiere at Benjamin Britten's home beach
Despite reports that Benjamin Britten paced nervously at the back of the Sadler’s Wells Theatre when Peter Grimes first...
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...
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