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What Happened to Chopin’s Beloved Composer Sister Ludwika Jędrzejewicz?
Throughout the history of classical music, it’s common to find examples of talented sibling pairs. (In fact, we wrote about some of the forgotten musical siblings) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart worshiped his older sister Maria Anna Mozart as a child, and
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Isn’t it Time for More Entertaining Musical Puns?
Becoming a musician takes years of serious practice, discipline, motivation, concentration, and dedication. We spend countless hours alone to perfect our playing. When we get together it always helps to laugh a little. Musicians are the first to admit they
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The Last Romantic: Top Ten Takeaways from the Vladimir Horowitz Documentary
The film Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic begins with a shot of a frail elderly man in the back of a taxi. “Mr. Horowitz, you look very, very good,” a voice says offscreen. Thirty seconds later, we cut to the
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Marrying the Symphonic Poem to the Symphony
Liszt: A Faust Symphony
Franz Liszt (1811–1886) created the genre of the symphonic poem, but they weren’t without controversy. Eduard Hanslick, the premiere critic of mid–mid-19th-century Vienna thought little of them, noting that the addition of the extra-musical programmes did not justify what he
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Rewriting Mozart
In 1876, after returning from a trip to Bayreuth to see the first complete Ring cycles, Edvard Grieg and his friend John Paulson (1851–1924) travelled up and down Norway. As a treat for the poet Paulson, Grieg took 4 sonatas
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Maria Anna Mozart: The Bittersweet Story of Mozart’s Prodigy Sister
Maria Anna Mozart, known to her family as Nannerl, is one of the great what-ifs of music history. She was the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an inspiration and constant companion to him, one of her generation’s great piano prodigies,
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22 Nocturnes for Chopin
By Women Composers
This new anthology is a result of EVC Music’s #CallToWomenComposers worldwide search for talented but not yet published women composers and includes new piano works by twenty-two women composers inspired by Chopin’s Nocturnes. The project was initiated by Rose McLachlan,
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Secular Organs
Let’s talk about organs. Pipe, non-pipe, mechanical, and also electric organs. These huge, complicated, and often misunderstood instruments. But nevertheless, instruments which have accompanied the history of art, music, and religion and which endure to this day. The most common
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