5 Ways of Looking at Context in Classical Music

No work of art exists in a complete vaccuum. There is always context to it – whether an anecdotal backstory, a historical background, an artist’s intent, a meaningful quotation cited within it, anything. And while it is all too easy to ignore that (or neglect to research further to find it) and focus purely on the expression inherent within it, doing so actually removes some … Continue reading 5 Ways of Looking at Context in Classical Music

10 Underrated Greek Mythology Characters Who Need Their Own Novels or Films

Truly, there’s nothing quite like Greek Mythology. There is nothing more fascinating, wild, twisted, fun, timeless, and at once both completely false and yet profoundly true. Is there any other genre or collective work with characters so iconic and immediately recognizable, stories so memorable, and plot-lines/family trees more complicated? It beats any book series or TV show by a mile. And the most incredible aspect … Continue reading 10 Underrated Greek Mythology Characters Who Need Their Own Novels or Films

Ambiguity in Art

I’ve just come back from a wonderful orchestra concert, and I’m still feeling that rush of excitement and emotional sharpness that comes from listening to incredible music – Beethoven’s Eroica, specifically. It is truly such an absolutely astounding piece. I am completely floored each time I hear it. What is it about it that makes it so unforgettable? Yes, it was revolutionary, ahead of its … Continue reading Ambiguity in Art

Searching for Autobiography in Mozart’s Music

For many, music is the most intensely expressive form of art – sidestepping the need for words, for concrete imagery, it is at once profoundly personal yet also uniquely universal. Because of this, composers often come under close scrutiny: people search for a specific meaning behind their works, for certain life events and stories that could have inspired their creations. In our acceptance of the … Continue reading Searching for Autobiography in Mozart’s Music

The Evolution of Beethoven’s Slow Middle Movements

Beethoven has a multi-faceted legacy. To some, he’s the revolutionary genius who broke the structures and norms of music and heralded in a new era of self-expression. To some, he’s the first true musical romantic hero, dark and brooding and misunderstood, a true symbol of everything 19th century art began to stand for. And then to others, he’s a caricature of himself – a fiery, … Continue reading The Evolution of Beethoven’s Slow Middle Movements