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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
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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...
Gymnopédies: the ambient genre predicted by piano gems of late Romanticism
The term ambient music was introduced in the 1970s by the famous English experimenter Brian Eno who used newly invented...
Lodovico Giustini wrote the first ever piano sonatas for the instrument invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori
One of the main disadvantages of the harpsichord is its constant volume level which does not depend on the strength of...
Beethoven's famous piano trio carried the genre to the Romantic era
Compositions written for a group of three instruments where the leading piano is usually accompanied by a violin and...
Zawinul incited his electric piano to report the jazz weather
European jazz pianist Joe Zawinul is best known for his founding the iconic band Weather Report which is highly...
Mussorgsky's pictures redrawn for the prog rock exhibition
Piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition written by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874 retains its innovative...
Chiquinha Gonzaga defined Brazilian art by breaking down social barriers
Chiquinha Gonzaga started her professional career as a musician in the 19th century Brazil at a time when it was widely...
Billy Strayhorn redefined jazz with a touch of classical
A versatile composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn was among the most grandiose personalities in American jazz,...
The American boom of Cécile Chaminade's Romantic piano
French Romantic composer Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade enjoyed considerable success, touring as a pianist and...
Sgt. Pepper's inspiration behind Carla Bley's revolutionary jazz album
Born in Oakland, California, Carla Bley was raised in a Christian fundamentalist household and received remarkably...
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...
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...
To study academic theory, superb pianist Wynton Kelly took up bass
Wynton Kelly was born in Brooklyn, NYC in 1931 to Jamaican parents. His blues-based piano playing made him one of the...
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...
Abdullah Ibrahim created his African music of peace in exile
The works of South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, born Adolph Johannes Brand, fuse the melodic sounds of his homeland...
Instrumental simplicity of the quiet piano drama Breathe In
In the intimate story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New...
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...
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...
Pi for Piano in A minor
Everyone knows that Pi is a mathematical symbol representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, but...
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...
Chick Corea's Spanish pulse in the masterful jazz standard
The son of a trumpeter, the genius pianist Chick Corea is referenced as one of the lead specialists in the fusion of...
Ambient and classical mixed on the Orkney Islands
Erland Cooper is a Scottish producer and musician born and raised on Scottish archipelago of Orkney. Cooper spent years...
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