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Music for Eastertide: Biber's "Mystery" Sonatas

Passion, devotion, and a wealth of invention…at Easter time I am drawn to the remarkable set of the 15 “Mystery” (sometimes called “Rosary”) sonatas by the 17th-century composer… 107 more words

Classical Music

Musical Itch: The Magic of Bach

The supremely talented and extraordinary jazz player Charles Mingus once said that “Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. 462 more words

Musical Itches

Was Frank Zappa Another Whack Job Or A Genius In Disguise?

Frank Zappa. Just like the smell of Patchouli, you either liked him, or you didn’t. However, unlike Patchouli, he was not quite as well known as the plant is today for it’s many uses. 305 more words


Maria van Beethoven

Maria Magdalena Keverich was the daughter of Heinrich Keverich, chief overseer of the kitchen at the palace of the Elector of Trèves at Ehrenbreitstein. Though her father in law viewed her as a chambermaid, in fact her family was well positioned and included court councillors and merchants. 173 more words


The heart is not for sale

This image, of the fish market, has stayed with me from my trip to Venice, some weeks ago. My first morning in the city, I tried, and for the moment failed, to visit the church of Santa Sofia in Cannaregio, where Barbara Strozzi – father… 384 more words

Fred Ho (1957-2014) ~ Marie Incontrera Shares Memories of Her Mentor

Composer/saxophonist/bandleader Fred Ho, a truly unique artist who has been creating an interesting avant-garde blend of music featuring elements of jazz, big band, opera, and Asian folk and theatrical music, has sadly passed away on April 12 after battling metastatic colorectal cancer for the last 8 years. 1,007 more words

New Classical Music

Johann and Lodewijk van Beethoven

Most everyone is familiar with the name Beethoven. Even if you don’t listen to his compositions, you have probably at least heard his name. But what about the family behind the man? 371 more words