Anecdotes

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Beethoven’s Lairs
“Sailerstätte 1055/6”
Between 1815 and 24 April 1817, Ludwig van Beethoven resided at quarters in Sailerstätte No. 1055/6. It was a lofty and narrow house, and Beethoven had an apartment on the 3rd flood. Some of his rooms were positioned towards the
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Fauré and the French Harp
The harp as an instrument came to its greatest development in Paris in the 20th century with the development of the chromatic harp by Pleyel. The chromatic harp (also known as cross-strung harp) was the first to have all 12
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13 Facts You Didn’t Know About Fanny Mendelssohn
Most musicians don’t know a lot about Fanny Mendelssohn besides the fact that she was Felix’s uber-talented older sister. But she was a hugely important musical figure in her own right. We look at thirteen facts you (probably) didn’t know
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Beethoven’s Lairs
“Krugerstraße 10”
Beethoven’s earliest documented contact with the Countess Anna Maria Erdödy dates from the year 1808, however, it is almost certain that he had become acquainted with her much earlier. The Countess was a competent pianist who had been living in
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Composers of the Zodiac
The Tropic of Cancer
Apologies to author Henry Miller for lifting the title of his novel, but for countless centuries people have gazed at the stars and studied the movements and positions of celestial objects. This particular study is currently known as astrology, and
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13 Facts You Didn’t Know About Clara Schumann
Many music lovers only know a few things about Clara Wieck Schumann: that her father forbade her from marrying Robert Schumann, for instance, or that Brahms fell in love with her. But she was more than just a daughter, wife,
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Antoine Reicha and Ludwig van Beethoven
“We Could Not Stay Apart in Our Youth”
There are a variety of reasons why the exceptional composer and theorist Antoine Reicha (1770-1836) has been confined to the dusty pages of music history. For one, he brusquely turned his back on the performance and publication of his own
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The Therapeutic Power of Music
Comforting Stories of Persevering Classical Musicians Despite Hardship and Struggles The common image of the struggling artist started with Mr. Ludwig van B. We all know the story of him overcoming his disability to create some of the most uplifting
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