Painting of Handel, King George, and several others on a boat, another boat with people in the background
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Water Music, Fiction and Facts

August 10, 2017

300 years ago George Frederich Handel’s Orchestral Suites in F Major and D Major (collectively known as his Water Music) received their premiere during a royal cruise down the River Thames from Whitehall to Chelsea. Here’s the story—the great story—about the writing and the premiere of that work. […]

Image of Robert Greenberg on black background with his name in white text
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Summer Break Announcement

July 24, 2017

[P]rovided I survive my present, self-inflicted ordeal, I will rejoin you in early September, prepared—once again—to invest Monday mornings with some degree of interest and amusement. […]

Arts

The Psychology of Color Schemes

July 8, 2017

The methods used by classical artists to create the illusion of shape, depth, and distance are the same principals you likely learned in primary school. By mastering two major color schemes, they learned to draw the viewer’s eye, evoke specific emotion, and challenge your preconceptions. […]

Portrait of composer Ferdinand David
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Our Kind of Musician

June 19, 2017

Ferdinand David was not just a ”musician’s musician” (meaning that other musicians respected him tremendously); he was, even more, a “composer’s musician”: someone who always put the music first. […]

Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A Riotous Rite

May 30, 2017

Let us now focus on what was, along with the Rolling Stones concert at northern California’s Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969, the most famous riot in Western music history… […]

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