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Some of Rossini's operas are lighthearted. It is possible that he wrote in that comic, opera buffa style so successfully that some audiences have overlooked the serious side of Rossini. That is not a problem in the composer's hometown of Pesaro. Over the past decades, members of the community have been deeply immersed in the business of issuing the critical editions of all the Italian master's works. To reinforce the highest performance standards and celebrate his impressive output, which includes more...
"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...
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The viola was the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven; Jimi Hendrix and John Cale both played it; violinists turn to it to improve technique. So why is the viola the butt of jokes? Tabea Zimmermann defends her instrumentContinue reading...
David Cameron urges EU leaders to back his "reasonable" plans to curb welfare benefits for migrants, saying he will "rule nothing out" if they fail.
Dozens are killed and many more hurt in explosions during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in Nigeria's city of Kano.
Police are called to supermarkets across the UK amid crowd surges as people hunt for "Black Friday" offers.
President Barack Obama is in Chicago today at a rally on the city's northwest side to...
In light of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson, Mo. Police officer Darren...
The company that stores most of the petcoke on the city's southeast side is trying to...
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