composers

From Russia with love: Misia Sert, queen of Paris

Misia Sert was one of the most intriguing and influential women in Belle Époque Paris, a muse and confidant to many of the iconic artists and composers of the time.

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Queen of Arts: Christina of Sweden’s Roman reign

Anyone who wanted to see the musical avant-garde at work around 1600 went south of the Alps. With figureheads such as Monteverdi, Peri and Caccini and their work in the new opera genre, Italy pioneered an innovative repertoire and ‘modern’ styles and became the mecca for musicians in the early days of the baroque era. […]

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Playlist: Jean-Philippe Rameau

Jean-Philippe Rameau, one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era died on this day 248 years ago. Rameau replaced Jean-Baptiste Lully as the dominant composer of French opera and is also considered the leading French composer of his time, alongside François Couperin. Rameau’s music has been described as graceful and […]

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Baroque Music

Baroque music – like all music – divides opinions strongly: some people enjoy its rich texture and abundant decorations while others might feel that all Baroque music sounds the same with popular chord progressions being used over and over again. The era of Baroque music often means the period from the beginning of the 17th […]

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