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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

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This Week: The NY PHIL Biennial Begins!

On Monday, May 23rd, with a performance by JACK Quartet at the 92nd Street Y, the New York Philharmonic’s second Biennial begins. Running until June 11th, a plethora of concerts are contained in this year’s offerings. 382 more words

Writing

Classical Music’s Glass Ceiling

By Mary Anna Violi | @MaryAnnaVioli

Years ago as a voice major at IU Bloomington, I remember in music literature and in music history classes hearing about compositions by Fanny Mendelssohn, ­­Felix’s sister. 617 more words

Composer Profile: Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

A Roman Catholic in fiercely Protestant England; the son of a tradesman pursuing upper-middle-class interests in a determinedly class-based society; a self-taught composer at a time when formal musical education was considered essential; and a composer in the Romantic and Nationalist traditions as the 20th century turned its musical ear towards Atonality, Minimalism, and the many and varied forms of ‘Popular’ music – Edward Elgar seems to have lived much of his life as an outsider. 572 more words

Culture

THE COMPOSERS #18 - 'Michael Kamen (X-Men - 2000)'

THE COMPOSERS takes a closer look at the score to Bryan Singer’s 2000 franchise launcher X-Men, composed by the late Michael Kamen.

Tony Black selects a number of tracks from the score, giving some context and background, which will hopefully introduce you to a memorable piece of cinematic music.

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Michael McCooe: Composer - Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early Modern eras.

Early life

Born in Munich in 1864, his father Franz was the principal horn player at the Court Opera in Munich. 298 more words

Michael McCooe

Froberger and the clavichord

Although Johann Jacob Froberger was employed as an organist and recognized as an exceptional harpsichordist, he was also a clavichordist. Musically trained in Germany and Italy, where the clavichord flourished, he undoubtedly played the instrument. 124 more words

Composers