Author Archives: The Muse Of Music

Want to Hear More Karl Haas Programs?
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That’s Dr. Karl Haas on the left. In case you don’t already know who he is, Dr. Karl Haas was a distinguished classical music performer and presenter, interpreter, and explainer who for decades originated a widely-syndicated and highly successful radio … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann–A Good Filming, a Great Performance
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The 2002 performance of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann at the Opera National de Paris, Bastille, released on DVD in 2004, is a masterful performance of a masterwork by a master composer. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the part of Hoffmann … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann
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The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann) is an opera composed by Jacques Offenbach (picture at left). To my thinking it’s not only his best, it’s one of the best operas ever written by anyone, a masterwork. It’s a shame … Continue reading

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Piano vs. Harpsichord
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When it comes to classical music written for the harpsichord, I stay away from piano transcriptions. Ugh! Why? Because composers like Byrd, Couperin, Scarlatti, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mozart knew what the harpsichord was good for; they knew what they were … Continue reading

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Zoot
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 Are you in the groove? Can you “dig a zoot suit with a reet pleat and a drape shape and a stuff cuff to look sharp enough to see your Sunday gal?” Know what a zoot suit is and what … Continue reading

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Cadenzas and Jazz: When Composers Omit Notes
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Did you know that most jazz pieces don’t come from the composer with all their notes in them, nor do some classical music piceces. Composers intentionally leave some of the music out. You can find out why by visiting my … Continue reading

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