December, 2012

Composers > Inspiration > Curtain’s Up! Wagner and Weber
by Georg Predota | December 31st, 2012

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It is generally acknowledged that no single operatic composer influenced Richard Wagner as decisively as Carl Maria von Weber. When Richard was nine, Weber came to Dresden to rehearse and conduct his opera Der Freischütz. In his autobiography, Wagner gives [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Dvořák’s Legacy!
by Georg Predota | December 28th, 2012

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William Grant Still Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American” (1969 revision) In 1884/85, a wealthy patron of classical music named Jeanette Thurber set out to establish a uniquely American school of classical music composition. To accomplish this ambitious undertaking, she founded in [...] more >>