composers

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Did you know Mozart’s middle name isn’t really Amadeus?
Turns out Mozart’s middle name and popular moniker, Amadeus, might have originated as a joke. Here’s the back story.
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Play It Again, Sam
Why repeated sounds are music to our ears
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‘Ode to Joy’ has an odious history. Let’s give Beethoven’s most overplayed symphony a rest
When the Canadian Opera Company opened the doors to its new opera house in 2006, the gala concert included “Ode to Joy,” the last movement from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
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Singing Against the Grain
Playing Beethoven in the #BlackLivesMatter era
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Classical composers unfairly tainted by STD rumours, book claims
Author looks at 70 composers from Beethoven to Britten, also dismissing alcoholism claims
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Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968
On a cold Berkeley morning early in December 1968, I cut class and joined a queue on Telegraph Avenue, waiting for Discount Records to open. The line wasn’t as long as the one I’d joined for the Beatles’ White Album
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Think Tax Season is Tough? Bach Wrote Something For That
Several years ago Cornell musicologist and professor David Yearsley wrote an analysis on Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Nur jedem das Seine (“To Each What is Due Him”), BWV 163.
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Bach Was Far More Religious Than You Might Think
Bach biographers don’t have it easy. Has there ever been a composer who wrote so much extraordinary music and left so little documentation of his personal life?
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