‘My Butterfly Will Not Die!’ Why has Puccini remained so popular?

This spring season, English Touring Opera performs Giacomo Puccini’s Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi all around the United Kingdom. Along with the two selections from Il Trittico (1918), this great Italian composer has written some of the world’s most popular operas: La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and the famously unfinished Turandot (1926). Resident […]

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‘This Woman’s Work’ – Top 10 Influential Women Composers

Although in more recent years, women composers have been more recognised for their efforts within the classical music world, there is still an overwhelming amount of forgotten women composers. With a large amount of classical music concerts and music education focusing solely on the output of the ‘great’ male composers, there is often very little, […]

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The ‘Men Behind the Music’

The composer becomes glorified for his works, a compositional God among men, as it were. And often, through this glorification of the composer and their music in the modern world, we often forget to tell the endearing, unexpected and humorous stories that make up each composer’s unique personality.

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Music for the Masses

Our part of the score, with my annotations above the score line on how it should be performed on the day. My head is still stuffed with the most wonderful music today, so it’s time to take a break from my usual bloggage. On Sunday I sang the chorales in Bach’s St John Passion at […]

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