March 2020

  1. Obscure Music Monday: Munktell's Bränningar

    Helena Mathilda Munktell (Nov. 24, 1852 - Sept. 10, 1919) was a Swedish composer, pianist and vocalist. She studied at the Stockholm Conservatory with Joseph Dente, Johan Lindegren, Conrad Nordqvist, and Ludwig Norman, and then moved to Paris to study composition with Vincent d'Indy and Benjamin Godard. Her compositional debut in 1885 was a success; critics were impressed with her...
  2. Obscure Music Monday: Beach's Ballade

    Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (Sept. 5, 1867 - December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist.  Extremely gifted from a young age, Beach's talents seemed to run in the family, with various members playing instruments or singing, and showing great aptitude for music. Continue reading →
  3. Obscure Music Monday: Menter's Mazurka

    Sophie Menter (July 29, 1846 - Feb. 23, 1918) was a German pianist and composer, born to musical parents. At the age of fifteen she soloed with an orchestra, and her concertizing after that took her all around Germany and Switzerland. Continue reading →
  4. Obscure Music Monday: Chaminade's Valse Carnavalesque

    Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (Aug. 8, 1857 - April 13, 1944) was a French pianist and composer. Her first teacher was her mother, and she also took violin and compositions; sadly her father disapproved. Continue reading →
  5. Obscure Music Monday: Carreño's Gottschalk Waltz

    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 →

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