The Canon in D | 1690-present

One of the most influential musical works of all time. Obscure till the 20th century. Why is it special? Who revived it? What is it’s significance today? Step back in time and experience 1690-present through the eyes of Pachelbel’s Canon in D. 

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But before we get into it…a little musical meme… 😉 Continue reading

A Treasure For All ~ The Brandenburg Concertos

The Brandenburg Concertos. One of the great masterpieces of Bach’s repertoire and they were unrecognized and un-paid in their day. When Johann Sebastian Bach presented the collection of six works to the man he dedicated them to, Christian Ludwig (the younger brother of King Frederick I of Prussia), he got no thanks and hardly any recognition.

These six concertos were composed in 1721, maybe earlier, and were named, quite simply, six concerts à plusieurs instruments (six concertos for many instruments). It is thought that their happy and light mood was caused because they were composed in one of the happier periods of Bach’s life. He was then the music director in a small town and was enlarging his musical repertoire rapidly. Continue reading

A Love Duet by Monteverdi

The Italian opera L’incoronazione di Poppea was composed by Claudio Monteverdi in 1643. It portrays a story about the Roman Emperor Nero, his lover Poppea, the empress Ottavia and Ottone, a noble lord. When the queen, due to jealousy, orders the death of Poppea through Ottone, Love protects the victim. The two conspirators are then exiled by Nero, Poppea is crowned empress and once again love reigns.

The last aria in this opera is Continue reading

Dido and Aeneas: An Epitome of Baroque Music

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) was the most influential English baroque composer, together with German-born George Frederic Handel. He was born in the town of Westminster, England. He had two brothers, Edward and Daniel, the latter was a great composer as well. When he was five years old, Henry’s father died, and he went to live with his uncle.

Purcell began to compose when he was nine years old, and his first public work was an ode for the king’s birthday, which Henry composed at age eleven. After many years of experience, the Englishman composed an opera which would continue to be produced with great success centuries later: Dido and Aeneas.

Meeting of Dido and Aeneas

Meeting of Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas is an opera in three acts based upon Virgil’s Aeneid. It tells the story, using dramatic music and lyrics, of the beautiful Queen Dido of Carthage and the Trojan Aeneas. Dido and Aeneas fall in love when he sails to Carthage. But a sorceress, who wants to destroy Carthage and it’s queen, decides to deceive Aeneas into leaving Carthage, breaking Dido’s heart. This, she concludes, would successfully end the queen’s life and reign.  Continue reading

Scherza Infida — A Handelian Masterpiece

Scherza infida, an aria from the opera Ariodante,  is one of my favorite arias by Handel. It masterfully portrays the sadness and remorse of a deceived lover.

Ariodante is probably Handel’s most famous opera, along with Giulio Cesare and a few others. It is an opera seria in three acts, with music that intimately tells the tragic story. Unfortunately however, after it’s initial success (premiere in 1735 with eleven performances), Ariodante fell into obscurity Continue reading