Portrait of Arnold Shoenberg by Egon Shiele
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Can’t We Be Friends?

February 6, 2017

Given the fear and loathing the name “Arnold Schoenberg” continues to inspire 66 years after his death you’d think he was some sort of Nosferatu-like monster who shot puppies for sport and refused to recycle. […]

Music History Monday Johann Joachim Quantz
Arts

Music History Monday: The Best Gig in the World!

January 31, 2017

You want to talk about breaking a father’s heart? On his deathbed, Johann Joachim Quantz’ blacksmith father begged his 10 year-old son to follow him in the family trade. It didn’t happen, as J.J.’s extraordinary promise as a musician was already apparent. […]

image of Dmitri Shostakovich
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich

January 23, 2017

He wrote a symphony (No. 13) that acknowledged the Holocaust at a time when official Soviet doctrine did not. He wrote an opera that almost got him killed; at other times he kissed the collective (and hairy?) derrieres of the Politburo whenever it was necessary, toed the party line, and publicly said what he was told to say… […]

Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights
Arts

The Garden of Earthly Delights

January 11, 2017

Take a close-up look at the fantastic, grotesque, and horrifying details of ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’—Hieronymus Bosch’s most famous masterpiece. […]

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