Off the Beaten Path: A Highly Individual Survey of Maybe Great Music
By centuries of common consensus, the compositions that make up the canon of Western Classical Music number just a couple hundred works, created by a couple dozen composers.
Discovering a British Sound: the Forgotten Composers of the English Musical “Renaissance”
“The Land Without Music” – that was how English society was described in the late Nineteenth Century. The next fifty years would bring forth a bounty of gifted composers, the establishment of a distinct British style and the masterpieces of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten.
Intro to Igor: Traditionalist; Iconoclast; Revolutionary
1910 – The Firebird; 1911 – Petrouchka; 1913 – The Rite of Spring; three compositions in four years that upended the world of ballet and set the stage for the ascendancy of modernism.
European Imports and Musical Plagiarism in the Development of the Russian Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is a singularly important work in the development of the Russian Piano Concerto, but its own genesis is a complex musical story.
Name That Tune: Melody in Western Music
How many Baroque-era melodies can you sing? How about Classical-era melodies? Not many? What about Tchaikovsky? Richard Rodgers? The Beatles?
The Life and Legacy of Serge Koussevitzky
As a commissioner and champion of contemporary music, Serge Koussevitzky was one of the most consequential musicians in America during the 20th Century.
The Amazing Clara Schumann: An Appreciation, and a Revelation
As a young piano prodigy, Clara Wieck was named “Royal and Imperial Austrian Chamber Virtuoso,” Austria’s highest musical honor.
In the Beginning: A Brief Guide to Music Before 1500
The invention of the printing press in 1450 was arguably one of the most important innovations in musical and human history.