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Music History Blog Series

  • Latin-American Dance Music and Romantic Compositions

    Written by Jay Fenner
    Latin-American dance music has been deeply foundational in establishing the identity of South American popular music, however its importance within the compositions of 19th-century composers is...
    Posted: June 23, 2021 12:03 PM
  • Die Lorelei: A Musical Representation of Depression

    Author: Matthew King
    Music will sometimes serve as a representation of a musician's psyche.  Matthew King explores Clara Schumann's composition "Die Lorelei" and how it displays the thoughts of a composer potentially...
    Posted: June 14, 2018 4:01 PM
  • George Whitefield Chadwick, Pioneer of American Music

    Author: Collin David
    American composer George Whitefield Chadwick has fallen into obscurity, but should be recognized as one of America's leading composers of nationalist classical music. He wrote American nationalist...
    Posted: June 14, 2018 3:59 PM
  • Brotherhood in the Romantic Period

    Author: Brotherhood in the Romantic Period
    Pirzchalski explores the deep friendship between Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré, surmising that the emotional, musical, and professional support these two composers provided for one another...
    Posted: February 14, 2018 3:44 PM
  • Bizet and the Rebel Bird

    Author: Manuel Ayala Sapelli
    Sapelli examines the harmonic nature of pieces sung by Carmen and Don Jose in Bizet's opera Carmen, concluding that audience sympathy with Don Jose's character via his music does not match up with...
    Posted: February 7, 2018 11:41 AM
  • Seeing Red

    Author: Stacey Fitzgerald
    The onset of the Russian Revolution changed Russian musical style from one that privileged the values and ideals of the aristocrats to one that celebrated the ideals of the Revolution and the...
    Posted: February 1, 2018 10:17 AM
  • Musical Prodigies: Why We Love Them, and Why We Should Stop

    Author: Daniel Gallagher
    Audiences are more appreciative of musical prodigies based on their young ages, rather than on their musical complexity and nuance. Gallagher explains the history of the modern idea of the prodigy...
    Posted: February 1, 2018 10:12 AM
  • When Categories Fail

    Author: Josh Sharo
    Examining Debussy and the notion of impressionism, Sharo concludes that reducing an entire composer's output to a single stylistic term does a disservice to not only that composer, but to...
    Posted: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM