Fine Music Magazine
For a composer nearing 40 years of age, Hansel and
Gretel was a turning point for Humperdinck. He
became famous overnight and financially independent,
receiving more than 400 unsolicited librettos from
The history of English church music began well before the Reformation – Gregorian chant and sacred texts in Latin dominated choral music.
Los Angeles native, journeyman, keyboardist, composer, and producer John Caroll Kirby began his career as a session musician in the early 2000s.
Fine Music Magazine First Person
Truth be told, I’m quite an accidental opera singer. Although my parents and extended family have an appreciation for music, going to the opera was not our usual form of entertainment.
Book 1: On 10 May 1871, the Treaty of Frankfurt was signed, establishing the agreement between France and Prussia in the aftermath of the War of 1870...
On Sunday 11 July – which is as close to Bastille Day as a Sunday Special could get – I’ll be taking a look through the centuries at what composers do when...
I guess most music lovers have heard the cruel but funny song that American mathematics professor Tom Lehrer wrote about Alma Schindler: Her lovers were many and varied...
Rossini admired the Spanish tenor, Manuel Garcia,
so much that he created the role of Count Almaviva
for him in The barber of Seville which premiered in 1816.