May, 2014

Composers > Anecdotes > The Supernatural in Music - XII. Gothic Visuals: Musical Horror in the Cinema
by Maureen Buja | May 31st, 2014

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XII. Gothic Visuals: Musical Horror in the Cinema

Slowly, behind the heroine, the shadow rises….the audience shrinks back in their cinema seats, helped with a hearty push from the music, generally starting in the cellos, which signal the terror that awaits. Then the violins take over, strident in [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > ‘Spirit, Strength and Sorrow’ - Stabat Mater
by William Cole | May 29th, 2014

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Stabat Mater

The image of Jesus on the cross has inspired artists of many kinds for centuries. There are of course many striking paintings of the scene by artists from Veláquez’s Cristo crucificado to Salvador Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Embodied Sexuality - Georges Bizet: - Carmen -
by Georg Predota | May 29th, 2014

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Georges Bizet: Carmen

Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen was first produced at the Vienna Opera on 23 October 1875, with an extremely curious Johannes Brahms in the audience. Brahms had been aware of the scandalous Parisian premiere, summarized by a local critic. “Mr. Bizet [...] more >>