March 2018

  1. Obscure Music Monday: Carreño's Le Printemps

    Maria Teresa Carreño Garcia de Sena (Dec. 22, 1853 - June 12, 1917) was a Venezuelan pianist, singer, conductor, and composer. Born in to a musical family, she became known around he world as a virtuoso pianist, often referred to as the "Valkyrie of the piano". Continue reading →
  2. Obscure Music Monday: Bronsart's Osterlied

    Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf, (born Ingeborg Lena Starck, Aug. 24, 1840 - June 17, 1913) was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia to Swedish parents. Her father was a businessman, and her parents, though not musical themselves, were supportive of their daughter, who showed talent at a young age. Continue reading →
  3. Obscure Music Monday: Poldowski's Spleen

    Poldowski (May 16, 1879 - Jan. 28, 1932) was the professional pseudonym for Régine Wieniawksi, daughter of Polish violinist and composer Henryk Wieniawski. Born in Ixelles, Brussels, her mother was English and had family associations with various composers and musicians. Continue reading →
  4. Obscure Music Monday: Holmès' Andromède

    Augusta Holmès (Dec. 18, 1847 - Jan. 28 1903) was a pianist and composer, born in Paris, and of Irish descent. Despite showing great talent as a child, she wasn't allowed to take piano at the Paris Conservatory. Instead she took private piano lessons with Mademoiselle Peyrnnet, and later on, harmony and counterpoint with Henri Lambert, and composition lessons with Hyacinthe Klosé. Holmès became a student of César Frank in 1876, and considered him her greatest teacher. Continue reading →

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