Felix Borowski, composer and teacher, wrote more than 60 pieces in a variety of styles, including 3 symphonies, 3 string quartets, and 3 organ sonatas. But it is neither Borowski’s symphonies nor his string quartets that made him famous. His biggest claim-to-fame is a violin piece called Adoration. Continue reading
Since Mozart’s Birthday was on January 27th, I felt a little pressure to post about him this Monday. But I didn’t want to write up a biography about him – of which there are gazillions on the WWW. And no, I didn’t want to post “10 Interesting Facts about Mozart” – there are already hundreds of those oh-so-intriguing lists as well. (The interesting facts usually consist of Mozart’s DOB, his wife’s name, that the cause of his death is unknown, and that it is also unknown whether Beethoven and Mozart actually met.) No, I wanted to bring you guys a fun post, full of truly intriguing bits of information about Mozart! I’ve divided the post into multiple categories, which include my favorite Mozart quotes, fun stories about Mozart, and some of his most widely played works. So, let’s get started!
John Field. He sounds like a modern American composer, doesn’t he?
Actually, Field lived in the gap between the end of the Classical Period and the beginning of the Romantic Period. Mozart was 26 when Field was born and Field was 28 when Chopin was born. Field was a musical pioneer and, though a lesser-known composer, he was a major influence on many Romantic composers, particularly Chopin. Continue reading
Parte del Tomaso Vitalino… These are the words found on a manuscript in Dresden, Germany. Was the famous Chaconne in G minor really written by Tomaso Antonio Vitali? We’ll never know for certain if this fantastic work was composed by Mr. Vitali, but assuming it was, let’s learn more about him and his Chaconne.
Friedrich Seitz is a composer who one does not give much thought to. In fact, most people don’t even know he existed. However, Mr. Seitz has most certainly made an impact on the beginning violinist’s repertoire. He wrote 8 student violin and orchestra concertos, some of which have Continue reading
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, one of the most influential—and controversial—composers of the 20th century, was born exactly 134 years ago today: June 17, 1882.
Stravinsky was a pianist and a conductor, but most importantly, a composer. His Continue reading
Today I’ll be posting on a composer I think is one of the most tragically neglected – Friedrich Burgmüller. Continue reading