Guillaume de Machaut : the best-known composer/poet of the 14th century

Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) is the most well-known composer of the 14th century.  I can make this statement with complete confidence of its veracity.  Machaut had a day job, he worked for John of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia, from ‘around twelve years’ before 1330 until at least 1333 (and probably until 1346) (Leach, Elizabeth … Continue reading Guillaume de Machaut : the best-known composer/poet of the 14th century

Pet Sound : Doina Rotaru

Born in 1951, composer Doina Rotaru has a B.A. and a M.A in composition at the National University of Music in  Bucharest. She studied here between 1970 and 1975  with Tiberiu Olah.  Since 1996 she has been a professor of composition and, since 2008, the head of the composition department at the same University. She … Continue reading Pet Sound : Doina Rotaru

Robert Craft : Anton Webern

Robert Craft's recordings on Naxos Records are excellent.  He has recorded nearly all of the works by Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, and all are very good versions of these works.  Today I am listening to his Webern sets. Anton Webern (1883-1945) was a student of Arnold Schoenberg, and along with Alban Berg made … Continue reading Robert Craft : Anton Webern

Leonard Bernstein’s Mass

Leonard Bernstein was most famous as conductor and for proselytizing Classical Music, he is especially thought of in this manner by those old enough to remember his Young Peoples Concerts series. "Teaching people – his favorite occupation, really. Descended from rabbis, he was a rabbi at heart, a master teacher. Just listening to Lenny was an education. … Continue reading Leonard Bernstein’s Mass