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Month: March 2017

The Music of Spring

The Music of Spring

The changing of the seasons is a constant in our lives, it is a common human experience marked by celebrations or rituals which date back thousands of years. Generations of composers and musicians have looked to the start of spring for inspiration, and have commemorated the onset of new life in songs, sonatas, and symphonies. One of the most well-known springtime works is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Paris’ Pagan Ballet In 1913, Paris’ Ballet Russes performed Stravinsky’s seminal work…

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Modern Classics: The Next Generation of Classical Composers

Modern Classics: The Next Generation of Classical Composers

In the classical music world, we often neglect the modern in favor of the past, not because of any inherent prejudice, it’s just human nature. For example, most people can recognize Beethoven or Mozart, but the nearer to the present, the lesser known the composer. In order for the art form to survive it’s in the best interests of the classical music community to listen to and support contemporary composers. That’s why we’re showcasing two major new works which have…

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Holy Week in Firenze

Holy Week in Firenze

Florence, Italy, boasts a number of beautiful churches and basilicas, but none more magnificent than the Great Basilica di Santa Croce. We have been fortunate enough to arrange a special sacred music program in this ancient church in the middle of Holy Week this April. Led by conductor Peter Tiboris, the Vintage High School Choir from Napa, California, and the Coro del Liceo will perform a selection of sacred music including Mozart’s Ergo Interest, K.143/73a and Fauré’s Requiem. The choirs…

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Quiz: Which Famous Requiem is Your Favorite?

Quiz: Which Famous Requiem is Your Favorite?

Text Reads: The requiem mass has been a time-honored form for centuries. Many of the most celebrated composers have chosen to write a requiem that suits them stylistically. The question is… which one is your favorite? — Related: Celebrating Fauré’s Requiem on its 130th Anniversary — — Related: Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem — — Related: Mozart: Requiem for a Prodigy —

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem

John Rutter’s Requiem, composed in 1985, has become a fixture of choral repertoire all over the world. Often compared to Fauré’s Requiem, it subtly walks the line between modern style and a romantic affinity for melody that is characteristic of Rutter’s music. Like Faure’s, Rutter’s Requiem is more poignant than morose, yet still profoundly moving. Although there are many similarities between the two works, Rutter drew on his personal heritage to make the Requiem his own. John Rutter was born…

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