October 2017

  1. Obscure Music Monday: Hayes' The Thirsty Vampires

    William Hayes (Jan. 26, 1708 - July 27, 1777) was an English composer, singer, organist, conductor and author. He spent  the majority of his time and musical efforts as an organist. Continue reading →
  2. Obscure Music Monday: de Castéra's Le Petit chat es mort

    René de Castéra (April 3, 1873 - October 8, 1955) was a French composer, music publisher and critic as well. He studied at the Paris Conservatory, and was one of the first students at the Schola Cantorum, where he studied under Vincent d'Indy, and Isaac Albeniz. Continue reading →
  3. Obscure Music Monday: Bird's Carnival Scene

    Arthur Bird (July 23, 1856 - Dec. 22, 1923) was an American composer, pianist, organist, and violinist. His father was a musician, and Bird started studying music at an early age. He first performed in public as an organist in a church at age fifteen. Continue reading →
  4. Obscure Music Monday: Rolla's 6 Idylles for Viola

    Antonio Rolla (April 18, 1798 - March 19, 1837) was born in Parma, Italy, and played violin, viola, and composer. He was considered a virtuoso on both instruments. Continue reading →
  5. Obscure Music Monday: Caplet's Inscriptions Champêtres

    André Caplet (Nov. 23, 1878 - April 22, 1925) was a French composer and conductor. He was the youngest child of a poor family, and got in to music as a child. By the age of 12, he was working as a rehearsal pianist, and eventually entered the Paris Conservatory in 1896. He won the Prix de Rome in 1901 (on his first try!) Continue reading →

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