December, 2015

Composers > Anecdotes > - Auld Lang Syne - packaged by Joseph Haydn
by Georg Predota | December 30th, 2015

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Welcoming the New Year frequently involves a glass of champagne and a celebratory kiss from somebody nearby. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve the English-speaking world, either before or after extensive toasting and kissing, also collectively launches [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Sergei Prokofiev: Enfant Terrible
by Georg Predota | December 29th, 2015

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The piano was the prominent vehicle for Sergei Prokofiev’s musical expression. In the tradition of the great piano virtuosos of the 19th century, he was initially looking to impress his audiences with his considerable keyboard skills. Igor Stravinsky attended a [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Minors of the Majors - Felix Mendelssohn: “On New Year’s Day,” Op 79, No.2
by Georg Predota | December 28th, 2015

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Felix Mendelssohn: “On New Year’s Day,” Op 79, No.2

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

Composers > Inspiration > Muses and Musings - Lusty Eye for the Music Guy: Johann Mayrhofer and Franz Schubert
by Georg Predota | December 27th, 2015

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Lusty Eye for the Music Guy: Johann Mayrhofer and Franz Schubert

Johannes Brahms considered the poet Johann Mayrhofer “the most serious of all Schubert’s friends.” This complicated man, full of self-hatred and driven by emotions whose violence he could not accept, transferred the conflict-ridden passions of his inner world into powerful [...] more >>