classical music

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Adrian Willaert and the foundation of the Venetian School

Composer Adrian Willaert was born around 1490 in the Low Countries, and moved at a young age to Paris to study law at the Sorbonne. There, having met composer Jean Mouton, he decided to devote his life to music.

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Prelude in Gothenburg, finale in Prague: the Swedish adventure of Bedřich Smetana

While Antonín Dvorák is sometime considered as the greatest composer ever to have lived in the Czech Republic, in the eyes of the Czechs only one man deserves that epithet: Bedřich Smetana.

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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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Happy Birthday to Claude Debussy!

Claude-Achille Debussy, one of the world’s greatest composers, was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on the 22nd of August in 1862. He is best known for his contributions to impressionist music. His rich and easily distinguishable chord progressions have made a lasting impression on the European musical landscape. Debussy’s main instru­ment was piano. His com­po­si­tions for […]

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