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September is Classical Music Month: Get Jazzed with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. 176 more words

Music Appreciation

September is Classical Music Month: Get Jazzed with Ludwig Van Beethoven!

This is my favorite composer! I have always loved his music! Let’s learn a little bit about him.

Ludwig van Beethoven December 1770 – 1827, was a German composer and pianist. 227 more words

Music Appreciation

U.S. mavericks

From colonial times to the present, U.S. composers have lived on the fringes of society and defined themselves in large part as outsiders. This tradition of maverick composers illuminates U.S. 138 more words

20th- And 21st-century Music

“The Antons” redux. II

The stunning success of Der dumme Gärtner aus dem Gebürge, oder, Die zween Anton at Vienna’s Theater auf der Wieden (12 July 1789) led quickly to a sequel in the same year, … 154 more words

Opera

“The Antons” redux. I

Among the forgotten but highly popular operas of the late 18th century, Der dumme Gärtner aus dem Gebürge, oder, Die zween Anton (The dumb gardener from the mountains, or, The two Antons ) seems particularly worthy of reexamination. 198 more words

Opera

Figaro and Freud

In the opening duet of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Figaro makes Freudian errors in counting and in singing. Susanna, needing emotional support and sensitive to Figaro’s psychology, directs his therapy in a manner both manipulative and helpful. 70 more words

Curiosities

Haydn and Lady Hamilton

Returning from Palermo to London in 1800 Lady Hamilton, the poet Cornelia Knight, the ambassador Sir William Hamilton, and Lord Nelson stopped on the way for a visit to… 159 more words

Composers