July Composer Birthdays

We’re celebrating 9 composer birthdays during the month of July. Each composer has a link to our collection of texts for that individual. Gustav Mahler, born 7/7/1860 Texts from our collection: Ottorino Respighi, born 7/9/1879 Texts from our collection: George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, born 7/12/1885 Texts from our collection: Gerald Finzi, born… Read More

June Composer Birthdays

We’re celebrating 13 composer birthdays during the month of June. Each composer has a link to our collection of texts for that individual. Sir Edward William Elgar, born 6/2/1857. Texts from our collection: Charles Lecocq, born 6/3/1832. Texts from our collection: Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, born 6/8/1671. Texts from our collection: Robert Alexander… Read More

Featured composer: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Fanny Hensel, née Fanny [Cäcilie] Mendelssohn Bartholdy (November 14, 1805 – May 14, 1847) had a lifelong dream of being considered a serious composer. It is said that her talent was equal to and perhaps surpassed that of her famous brother, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Fanny and Felix were children of Abraham and Lea Mendelssohn. When Napoleon’s… Read More

La clemenza di Tito as set by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

La clemenza di Tito is an opera in two acts that premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague on September 6, 1791, just a few hours following the coronation of Leopold II, Roman Emperor, as King of Bohemia. In 1791, impresario Domenico Guardasoni commissioned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to compose an opera seria in honor of the coronation of Leopold… Read More

Perfect for Bass – 8 concert arias as set by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791), born in Salzburg, Austria, was an important and respected composer. As an adult, he referred to himself as “Wolfgang Amadè Mozart,” but it is noted that his name had many variants. As a child, his baptismal record listed his name in Latin as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus… Read More

Featured composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (part 2 of 2)

This is part 2 of a two-part series on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Read part 1 here. Church works and Idomeneo Mozart’s desire to not stay in Salzburg had not diminished, but his need for employment and income won out and he returned in 1779. There, Mozart composed a series of church works,… Read More

Five arias from Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Corsaro

Five texts from Il Corsaro, as set by Giuseppe Verdi, have recently been added to the IPA Source database. The first performance of Il Corsaro was October, 1848. The libretto for Il Corsaro was created by Francesco Maria Piave, who based it upon the poem, The Corsair, by Lord Byron. At the time Il Corsaro was being written by Piave, Verdi… Read More