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  1. Haydn at the Keyboard

    I’ve surprised myself going through the thought experiment of “blind listening” to the five works I selected for this week’s montage and wonder out loud who composed these works. Might I suggest you do a blind listen yourselves before reading on…

    When we think of Joseph Haydn, we think primarily of his symphonies and his string quartets – at least, I do. However, and it should not be surprising, Haydn left a substantial amount of work for the keyboard – 21 piano trios, 13 divertimentos, ...
  2. What Makes Them Great?: Javert's Songs in LES MISERABLES

    Few musicals of the last thirty years can claim as many hit songs as can Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg’s ubiquitous if powerful Les Miserables. “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” “One Day More,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” are among the titles that have, through the decades, become household names–and not in theatregoing “households” only, as Act I’s concerted finale, “One Day More,” has inspired ...

    Updated May-24-2017 at 20:30 by Bellinilover

    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Singers

    As I teased in my earlier post of Tudor-era lute music by the 17th century composer of the same name, today’s Vinyl’s revenge looks at another troubadour guitarist (if you allow me to equate lute and guitar…) also named Robert Johnson.

    Robert Leroy Johnson (1911 –1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who has the unique distinction of being ranked fifth in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". As an itinerant performer who ...
  4. Robert Johnson: Lute Music

    This month, we will be discussing the music of not one, but two people named Robert Johnson. This week’s Robert Johnson (c. 1583 – 1633) was an English composer and lutenist of the late Tudor and early Jacobean eras. (To complicate things, he is sometimes called "Robert Johnson II" to distinguish him from an earlier Scottish composer…)

    Playing a golden-toned 10-course lute and using original manuscript sources or his own reconstructions, British lutenist Nigel North is ...
  5. An Unlikely Pairing

    This week’s Tuesday Blog melds two of our ongoing series: Vinyl’s Revenge and Cover 2 Cover in an exploration of music adapted to the Synthesizer and what I consider to be shamelessly exploiting a phenomenon of the day.

    Released in 1979, the movie 10 starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and (introducing) Bo Derek told the tale of a Hollywood lyricist going through a mid-life crisis who becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman. The film brought renewed fame to the Boléro ...
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