Romantic Collaborators of Alberto Ginastera Mercedes de Toro and Aurora Natola

All great composers have one! And legacy composers have several! I am talking about biographies, offering basic facts about education, work, relationships, and possibly, analysis of the composer’s personality. Any detailed, scholarly or interpretive study of music starts with solid [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 13th, 2016
Arthur and the Lady Bliss Arthur Bliss and Trudy Hoffmann

Although he was born in a suburb of London, Sir Arthur Bliss was half American. His father Francis Edward Bliss, a successful businessman from Massachusetts, had settled in England after marrying his second wife Agnes Kennard Davis. When Agnes died, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 8th, 2016
The whores—embraces—lust—my innocence saved! Robert Schumann and Christiane Apitzsch

In the summer of 1830, the 20-year-old Robert Schumann abruptly ended his law studies at Heidelberg University and decided to become a musician. His mother arranged a musical apprenticeship with Friedrich Wieck in Leipzig, and the 11-year-old Clara Wieck writes [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 23rd, 2016
Steve Reich & Beryl Korot A Relationship of Shared Ideas

Working on tape-based techniques of looping and phasing by using recordings of fragments of speech, Steve Reich created a compositional process involving structures of minimalist art and musical technique. Simultaneously, Beryl Korot was working along very similar lines in the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 18th, 2016
The stymied adoption Alexander Grechaninov and Maria Grigorievna Sredin

Simultaneously completing his compositional requirements at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and working as a freelance music teacher, Alexander Grechaninov and Vera Ivanovna Röhrberg had trouble making ends meet. Luckily, Vera received a small monthly allowance from her father so that [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 12th, 2016
A Matter of Faith Alexander Grechaninov and Vera Ivanovna Röhrberg

Although his father was set steadfastly against it, Alexander Grechaninov was determined to become a musician. He abruptly left High School and was accepted at the Moscow Conservatory on a partial scholarship. During his years of study he witnessed the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 9th, 2016
Drowning in Passion Enrique Granados and Clotilde Godó Pelegrí

On 28 July 1894, Amparo gave birth to the first of their six children. With his family rapidly expanding, Enrique was desperately trying to secure a steady source of income. Various applications to conservatories in Barcelona and Madrid came to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 7th, 2016
Catalan Passion Enrique Granados and Maria de los Desamparados Gal y Lloveras

When pianist Enrique Granados (1867-1916) first appeared on stage on 20 April 1890, critics were simply ecstatic! “Granados will be one of the great artists who always seek applause in pure art, without flashiness and cheap concessions.” Praising the young [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 30th, 2016