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Archive for April 1, 2014

Dueling Composers

Franz Joseph Haydn, 1792

How Haydn came to write his masterpiece (and fun facts from Carl Grapentine):

Handel’s Messiah hasn’t seen a minute of obscurity since the day it was born—Dublin, Easter, 1742. Messiah snowballed throughout the 18th century. Singers and choruses clamored for sheet-music; some well-meaning persons made re-orchestrations (one of whom was Mozart). Haydn had to confront Messiah head on.

A Familiar Face from Channel 11

WTTW's Geoffrey Baer

—and a familiar voice. Geoffrey Baer is a master at bringing community to television. His PBS documentaries on everything from architecture to bicycle tours capture not only the structures of a neighborhood, but it’s vibe. This week Geoffrey crosses over to the radio side of Window to the World Communications—a journey down the hall—to chat on air with WFMT

Muti on The Tuesday Night Opera

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We in Chicago have come to love Riccardo Muti for his brass. But one personal story is less about cheekiness, than about Muti’s assuredness in his native language. The libretto of Così was one of three by the great Italian poet Lorenzo Da Ponte that resulted in the culminating achievements of Mozart’s short life, the other two being Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro