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"Over the River, and through the wood" She wrote the iconic Thanksgiving poem which has been set to music and learned by American school children for generations. Lydia Maria Child actually made a decent living as a writer. Her manual, called The Frugal Housewife, was particularly lucrative, but don't be fooled by the title. Child was anything but a quiet little wife more...
It was one of Poulenc's friends, the noted music critic Claude Rostand, who came up with the description that stuck: "le moine et le voyou." That comment in a 1950 edition of Paris-Presse translated as "the monk and hooligan." It was Rostand's attempt at capturing the extremes in Poulenc's musical personality. This is not to say the composer's mind was chaos, only that it was his nature to shift more...
Spinning CDs is a simple way to keep a radio station on the air. The performers, the production values, and the performances are all certainties. The operation of a CD player is reasonably predictable. With services like radio, Pandora, and Spotify offering a steady stream of great music, why then do people continue to buy tickets to live concerts? more...
He's not exactly new to opera; some think he's the greatest living Verdi conductor (Levine fans, avert your eyes). Riccardo Muti is as celebrated as he is hard to get. After a lifetime on the podium, the 73-year-old maestro doesn't need opera companies to satisfy his artistic appetite. He does fancy expanding the repertoire of his symphony orchestra to include opera. Enter the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more...
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