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Debussy for Beginners
10 Pieces to Make You Love Debussy
Debussy was born in 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a suburb of Paris. Over the course of his career, he became one of the twentieth century’s great musical revolutionaries. Debussy’s music is known for its impressionistic style and French identity. Debussy is
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The Paderewski Prize for American Composers
On exceedingly rare occasions, people with real talent and poise are drafted into political service. Such was the case with the pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who became the prime minister and foreign minister of Poland in 1919. He
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Listening to the Clouds
When outside wandering, how often do you just sit and look up? You can hear birds, and the wind, and perhaps the passing traffic, but have you tried to hear the clouds? Many composers also look up for inspiration and
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Seven Works Dedicated to Beethoven
Beethoven was famous for his curmudgeonly, antisocial personality. Of course, nowadays, we understand that his prickliness was, at least in part, due to his tinnitus and deafness, as well as the mental health struggles caused by his ever-deteriorating physical health.
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Wagner for Beginners
10 Pieces to Make You Love Wagner
Composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig in 1813. He became arguably the greatest opera composer of all time. Here are some tidbits about his life and career: Wagner’s reputation rests almost entirely on his operas. Wagner advocated for a
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Playing Opera at Home
With the rise of the home piano in the 19th century, there was an enormous demand for piano music both for the home and for the concert hall. Just as today, when we love to hear the Boston Pops play,
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10 Pieces of Classical Music About Friendship
Making and having friends is one of the great joys of the human experience. Not surprisingly, many classical composers have been deeply inspired by their friendships with other people, and especially with other creative people. Today, we’re looking at ten
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The Orchestra in a Box: The Accordion
The accordion works on a bellows system. As the instrument is pulled apart and pushed together, air is forced passed reeds held in a frame. Other instruments like this include the concertina, the harmonica, and the bandoneon. The keyboards on
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