Obscure Music Monday: Popy's Sphinx
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Today we take a look at a longer waltz by Francis Popy (1874-1928), his Sphinx. This waltz for piano was believed to have been performed on the ill-fated journey of the RMS Titanic, earning it the nickname of the "Titanic Waltz." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k74oBvtOwO8 With a traditional format of Waltz-Trio-Waltz, this work is easily approachable and shows us some of the movement ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Farrenc's Piano Quintet No. 1
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Louise Farrenc (May 31, 1804 - Sept. 15, 1875) was a French pianist, teacher, and composer. Born in Paris, she started the piano at an early age, and later on also showed a knack for composition. At the age of fifteen, her parents let her study composition with Anton Reicha at the Paris Conservatory. Later on she embarked upon a ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Schumann's Souvenir de Vienne
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Clara Schumann (Sept. 13, 1819 - May 20, 1896) was a German composer and pianist, born to musical parents in Leipzig. Her father was well-known throughout Leipzig, where he sold and repaired pianos, and gave piano lessons. She took lessons from him, and he also made sure she was educated in music theory, counterpoint, harmony, and composition. She had her first recital ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Dragonetti's Twelve Waltzes, No. 1
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Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti (April 7, 1763 – April 16, 1846) was a double bass virtuoso and composer, born in Venice, Italy. He lived there for 30 years and worked at various opera houses before moving to London, England. There he played at the King's Theatre, and lived there the rest of his life. Dragonetti knew Joseph Haydn and Ludwig ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Backer Grøndahl's Norwegian Folksongs and Folkdances
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Agathe Ursula Backer Grøndahl (December 1, 1847 – June 4, 1907) was a Norwegian pianist and composer from a well-to-do family that supported the arts. Agathe and her three sisters all showed artistic talent. When Backer Grøndahl was 10, she moved with her family to the capital of Norway, Christiana (present-day Oslo) where she studied with Ludvig Mathias Lindeman and other ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: MacDowell's Forgotten Fairy Tales
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Edward Alexander MaDowell (Dec. 18, 1860 - Jan. 23, 1908) was an American composer and pianist, born in New York City. He was a part of the Second New England School, known more commonly as the Boston Six. MacDowell wasn't born in to a musical family, but he took music lessons from a Columbian violinist, Juan Buitrago, who lived with the MacDowell ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Bonis' Piano Quartet No. 1
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We've previously taken a look at two works by Mélanie Hélène Bonis (Mel Bonis), her Suite en Trio and Sonata for Cello and Piano. If you're not familiar with Mel Bonis, make sure to take a look at those previous works to learn more about her. This week we take a look at her Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 69 ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Losey's Jolly Jingles
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Frank Hoyt Losey was a prolific composer of music for bands, with a penchant for marches. His Gloria March remains a standard in the band repertoire today. While Losey wrote often for bands and orchestras in a march style, he occasionally experimented with ragtime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YdQvWG9pVA While Losey published over 400 works, much of his life was a mystery, from his ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Smyth's Chorale Preludes
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Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) has been featured by us a number of times previously with her music for orchestra, voice, and strings, however today we look at one of her few works for organ, the Short Chorale Preludes. Smyth was an active and proponent of the women's suffrage movement, but faced many challenges as a woman in the male dominated ..read more
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Obscure Music Monday: Ohe's 5 Songs
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Adele aus der Ohe (1861-1937) was a German pianist and composer whose works have sadly disappeared from common performance. As a pianist, her virtuosic performances led to her being held in high regard (and demand). While her involvement is much less talked about than other aspects of the trip, she joined her friend Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on his trip to ..read more
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