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Composers and Their Poets: Debussy II

In his delicately titled, Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Little Songs), Claude Debussy (1862-1918) took the poetry of Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) and created a song cycle to match the stylistic subtleties of his poems. Debussy met the older poet via his mother-in-law. [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 27th, 2017
 
Composers and Their Poets: Debussy I

We associate the sound of Debussy with his ‘impressionist’ music of works such as Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune or his piano music. In some of his most important songs, however, we have more of a Germanic influence, i.e., Wagner.

by Maureen Buja | January 20th, 2017
 
Composers and their Poets: Amy Beach

American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944) was both a composer and an accomplished pianist with an extensive international career. She wrote about 117 art songs, some of which she also wrote the words. She wrote in a very European idiom and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 13th, 2017
 
Another Casualty of War Alexandrov Ensemble

Flying is supposed to be the safest form of transportation; at least that’s what statistics will tell you. In very recent memory, a crash in South America has received lots of media coverage because it carried a first division Brazilian [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 10th, 2017
 
Seeing the Inner Person: The Art of Carl Köhler

Swedish artist Carl Köhler (1919-2006) has left a body of art in the neo-modernist style that was virtually ignored at the time of his death. His son, Henry, has taken up his father’s legacy and over the past decade has [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 8th, 2017
 
Composers and Their Poets: Wolf III

In his great spate of lieder writing, the last great collection Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) took on was the Italienisches Liederbuch, translated by Heyse and Geibel, the same translators of the Spanisches Liederbuch. This collection of poetry is translations into German [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 6th, 2017
 
Composers and Their Poets: Wolf II

Wolf took up the poetry of Goethe and in his Goethe-Lieder collection, set 51 poems. They came from a variety of poetic sources, including the influential Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1795-96) and the wonderfully named West-östlicher Diwan (1819), as well as [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 30th, 2016
 
Composers and Their Poets: Wolf I

If Schumann had his song year of 1840, then Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) had his song year of 1888. He had been a song composer long before this, and, as were most song composers in the years between 1855 and 1880, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 23rd, 2016