November, 2015

Composers > Inspiration > Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
by Georg Predota | November 30th, 2015

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Music can be an all-consuming passion that serves as a daily spiritual and physical exercise. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) certainly thought that way, as “music grasped me with a power that rapidly relegated all my other interests to the background.” Initially, [...] more >>

Composers > Love > A Nordic Fairytale - Jean Sibelius and Aino Järnefelt
by Georg Predota | November 29th, 2015

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Jean Sibelius and Aino Järnefelt

At age 23, Jean Sibelius “was pale and good-looking, slender and sensitive. He seemed to all a strange and attractive being. And of course, we were all in love with him…And he was lovable. Refined, attractive, polite, he had that [...] more >>

My music > Rode: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 8 (Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic, Pasquet)
November 28th, 2015

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Violin Concerto no 2 in E Major Op.9 II Siciliano From Rode: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 8 (Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic, Pasquet) (2015) Released by Naxos Rode: Violin Concerto no 2 in E Major Op.9 – II SicilianoPierre Rode was [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Muses and Musings - Edvard Grieg and Teresina Tua
by Georg Predota | November 27th, 2015

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Edvard Grieg and Teresina Tua

“To all appearances,” Edvard Grieg wrote in 1882,”I am living a more peaceful life than ever before, but in reality it is a life full of inward struggle. I am both spiritually and bodily unwell and decide every other day [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Violent and Unnatural Deaths in Opera II
by Georg Predota | November 26th, 2015

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In general, weddings tend to be rather happy occasions. This was certainly true, at least initially, for Orfeo and Euridice. The master musician and the most radiant beauty of the ancient world were passionately in love. But on the wedding [...] more >>