The Sound of Rain: Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude for Listeners, Performers, and Composers

Frederic Chopin is one of the public’s favorite composers for many reasons. One big reason is that he leaves his listeners feeling things deeply, even if they can’t describe in words what they’re feeling. Pieces like the “Raindrop Prelude” (in D♭ Major, op. 28 no. 15) leave people inspired and on the verge of tears …

Tchaikovsky’s 7 Surefire Ways to Get Your Audience’s Attention

Tchaikovsky's 7 Surefire Ways to Get Your Audience's Attention

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is known as one of the greatest romantic composers not only for his large body of work but also the intensity inherent in his music. It embodies the ideals of the romantic period by drawing on what's natural and intense emotion. In addition to his fame for these accomplishments, Tchaikovsky also …

A Farewell Waltz

On this day, October 17th, in 1849, Frédéric François Chopin passed away in Paris. "He had no predecessor and no successor.... Chopin came and departed like a comet from remote space," said Australian pianist, Ernest Hutcheson. He is remembered as a morose and anxious man, one who composed a song to cope with his sorrows …

Mozart’s Requiem

Mozart's Requiem | Girl in Blue Music

Mozart's memory is full of opposites. Known for both jumping on tables and meowing like a cat and for the mysterious inception of his final work, the Requiem, his work can be taken as both arrogant and irreverent or as profound and hauntingly beautiful. Yet, neither can portray the deepest essence of his being.   Born …