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Two Hearts, One Soul
Zoltán Kodály and Emma Gruber
The most important and influential address for artistic matters at the turn of the 20th century Budapest was the salon of Emma Gruber. Mrs. Gruber was born Emma Schlesinger in the southern Hungarian town of Baja, daughter of wealthy merchants.
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Steady as a Rock
Niels Gade, Sophie Hartmann, and Mathilde Staeger
As long as anybody could remember, Niels Gade had always been in love with music! He taught himself to play a variety of instruments, and started composing at a super early age. Once his musical education was formalized, he steadfastly
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Romantic Collaborators of Alberto Ginastera
Mercedes de Toro and Aurora Natola
All great composers have one! And legacy composers have several! I am talking about biographies, offering basic facts about education, work, relationships, and possibly, analysis of the composer’s personality. Any detailed, scholarly or interpretive study of music starts with solid
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Arthur and the Lady Bliss
Arthur Bliss and Trudy Hoffmann
Although he was born in a suburb of London, Sir Arthur Bliss was half American. His father Francis Edward Bliss, a successful businessman from Massachusetts, had settled in England after marrying his second wife Agnes Kennard Davis. When Agnes died,
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The whores—embraces—lust—my innocence saved!
Robert Schumann and Christiane Apitzsch
In the summer of 1830, the 20-year-old Robert Schumann abruptly ended his law studies at Heidelberg University and decided to become a musician. His mother arranged a musical apprenticeship with Friedrich Wieck in Leipzig, and the 11-year-old Clara Wieck writes
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Steve Reich & Beryl Korot
A Relationship of Shared Ideas
Working on tape-based techniques of looping and phasing by using recordings of fragments of speech, Steve Reich created a compositional process involving structures of minimalist art and musical technique. Simultaneously, Beryl Korot was working along very similar lines in the
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The stymied adoption
Alexander Grechaninov and Maria Grigorievna Sredin
Simultaneously completing his compositional requirements at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and working as a freelance music teacher, Alexander Grechaninov and Vera Ivanovna Röhrberg had trouble making ends meet. Luckily, Vera received a small monthly allowance from her father so that
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A Matter of Faith
Alexander Grechaninov and Vera Ivanovna Röhrberg
Although his father was set steadfastly against it, Alexander Grechaninov was determined to become a musician. He abruptly left High School and was accepted at the Moscow Conservatory on a partial scholarship. During his years of study he witnessed the
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