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Music at the Hotel I
The Marlborough-Blenheim in the 1910s and ‘20s
One day in an antique shop, I found a small programme booklet for the Marlborough-Blenheim Quartet, Mr. Leo Sachs, director, which performed at the Marlborough-Blenheim hotel in Atlantic City. In looking further through the internet, I found three other programs
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Supporting Everything Above: The Tuba
At the bottom of the brass section sits the tuba, the largest of the brasswind instruments. Oddly enough, for an instrument that is so fundamentally important, it, like the saxophone, was one of the last additions to the orchestra. It
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Handel for Beginners: Eleven Pieces to Make You Love Handel
Composer George Frederic Handel was born in 1685 in Halle, Germany. Over the course of his career, he became one of the most famous and influential composers of the Baroque Era. Here are a few points about Handel’s life and
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Eleven Classical Music Composers Who Lived in Vienna
Which Composers Lived in Vienna? If there’s a world capital of classical music, Vienna is it. From the mid-eighteenth century up until the present day, Vienna has flourished as a musical center. The city attracted a veritable constellation of composers
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15 Pieces of Classical Music About Time
Time, time-keeping, ticking watches, ticking clocks: all of these concepts have proven inspirational to composers of classical music. Today we’re taking a look at centuries of classical music about time. There’s no time to waste, so keep reading! John Dowland:
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The Radical Upstart: The Saxophone
One of the few instruments of the orchestra that’s named for a person, the saxophone, was named after its inventor, Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax (1814–1894). His father, Charles-Joseph Sax (1790–1865) was also an instrument maker and had established a
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Playlist: Water Games
‘Water games’ is one translation of Jeux d’eau by Maurice Ravel, others being Fountains and Playing Water. Each is equally apt: in this piece Ravel brilliantly evokes “the splashing of water and by the musical sounds of fountains, cascades and
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Johann Strauss II for Beginners: Eleven Pieces to Make You Love Strauss
Johann Strauss II was born into a famous and famously dysfunctional musical family just outside of Vienna in October 1825. As a boy, Johann pursued music against his father’s wishes. His father had begun a string quartet that grew into
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