“Variations on a Theme by Haydn,” theme originally composed by… not Haydn. Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: Variations on a Theme
Francis Poulenc was a French dude who wrote loads of music, including the popular opera, Dialogues des Carmelites, and this marginally interesting piano sonata. Read on to learn more about my 100% factual opinions about Poulenc and piano music. Read More Fortgotify, the Last Frontier: “Sonata for 2 Pianos, no. 2- Allegro Molto”
Articles and think pieces about how Anna Magdalena Bach may have written the Bach Cello Suites and other pieces are making the rounds again, but it seems that everyone is missing the point. Who cares if she DID write the pieces — the point is, she COULD have. Read More Did Anna Magdalena Write the Bach Cello Suites? Who Cares!
You might be bored of classical music (gasp!), but this piece is perfect for spooky Halloween adventures. You know, the kind where everyone dies at the end. Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Concerto no. 1 in E Flat Major”
Convinced that Forgotify is trying to make me look like an opportunistic journalist, I regret to inform you that I actually performed this work less than three weeks ago. Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Neptune, the Mystic,” from Gustav Holst’s Suite The Planets
Our friend Hildegard was a force to be reckoned with in the 12th century, when women were still regarded as equal to 2 oxen and a trunk full of tablecloths. She purchased and renovated properties on behalf of the church, composed music that is still in the common sacred repertoire 900 years later, was a philosopher, and an all-around incredible woman who accomplished more in her lifetime than most men did during that time period. So, what’s the deal? Who was Hildegard of Bingen? And what is a Bingen? Read More Hildegard von Bingen, Boss Lady of the 12th Century
Usually when one hears the name Caccini, the first composer you think of is Giulio Caccini, author of a famous musical treaty and member of the esteemed Florentine Camerata, a group of scholars and philosophers that included the likes of Vincenzo Galilei, father of the excommunicated astronomer Galileo Galilei. In fact, Giulio’s daughter Francesca was also a likely member of this secretive club, though the fact of her gender precluded her from the official guest list.