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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. Three Scandinavian Symphonies

    This week’s Tuesday Blog presents a trio of symphonies by a pair of Scandinavian composers – one well-known, the other less.

    Let’s start with the better known of the two composers. Jean Sibelius wrote seven symphonies; and his Third Symphony represents a turning point in Sibelius's symphonic output. His First and Second symphonies are grandiose Romantic and patriotic works. The Third, however, shows a distinct, almost Classical desire to contain the largest amount of musical material ...
  4. The Piano Music of Scott Joplin (Part 2)

    To complete our two-part survey of the piano music of Scott Joplin, I wanted to share tracks I downloaded from a still-active Public Domain site, LiberMusica.


    In the first installment in this series I observed that the tempo on some of the ragtime tracks I unearthed years ago was, well, rather ...
  5. Franz Liszt on MP3.COM

    Once Upon the Internet aligns well with my month-long podcast arc “Homage to Hungary”, with a sampling of piano music from one of Hungary’s most notable musicians of the 19th Century, Franz Liszt.


    Liszt is born into a musical family; his father Adam Liszt had ties with the musical entourage of Nikolaus II Esterházy. As a teenager, he played cello in the House ...
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