Photograph of the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Why Art Matters

March 20, 2017

I’ve reached the most satisfying conclusion that our art is more important, more lasting, more real and substantial and certainly more inspirational than our politics. […]

Image of Rembrandt's Bathsheba

Rembrandt’s Bathsheba at the Bath

March 18, 2017

Rembrandt’s Bathsheba at the Bath is one of his most beloved paintings in residence at The Louvre. It not only portrays a harrowing sense of introspection, but also highlights the painter as a true master of his craft. […]


Drawing 101: Linear Perspective

March 14, 2017

In this lecture, you’ll learn to use linear perspective to draw an architectural landscape of two buildings on a ground plane. Construct the buildings and the space between them using the principles of one-point perspective. […]

Photograph of German composer Richard Wagner taken in 1861.
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A Very Tough Crowd

March 13, 2017

The Paris production of Tannhäuser remains one of the greatest operatic flops of all time: a scheduled ten-performance run that was reduced to three disastrous performances before the opera was withdrawn. […]

Portrait of Italian opera composer Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi by Giovanni Boldini
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A Magnificent Fiasco!

March 6, 2017

“I have to tell you that there was never a success in Venice like that of La Traviata. There was an uproar of indescribable applause, and even [the producer] Antonio Gallo had to take a curtain call from his place in the audience – a novelty, but that is what really happened.” […]

Photograph of American pianist Van Cliburn in 1966.
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A Cold War Miracle

February 27, 2017

Van Cliburn was proclaimed a conquering hero by both the Americans and the Soviets, and his victory did much to soften hearts and open minds across the East-West divide. […]

Engraving from a portrait of German violinist Johann Peter Salomon
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Movers and Shakers

February 20, 2017

Unbidden and unannounced, he showed up at Haydn’s house, knocked on the door, and introduced himself with these words: “I am Salomon of London and have come to fetch you. Tomorrow we will arrange an accord.” […]

Portrait of composer George Frideric Handel
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Immigrants and Immigration

February 13, 2017

In 1712, George Friedrich Handel (his Anglicized name) left Germany and settled permanently in London. His departure was motivated by that most common reason to emigrate: economic opportunity. […]

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