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Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, organist and composer

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, born in Lichtenstein March 17, 1839, was a respected pianist, organist, and composer. Rheinberger was involved in the performances of Wagner‘s “Tristan und Isolde” and “Die Meistersinger” by the Royal Opera. Josef Rheinberger began serving as an organist in a Lichtenstein church at the age of 7.  Rheinberger attended the Munich Conservatorium,… 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

Perfect for Voice – 17 Texts from Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah

Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah (HWV 56) is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. Originally intended as thought-provoking inspiration for Lent and Easter, this 259-page score was composed in a mere 3-4 weeks. During the 1700’s, opera… Read More

Texts about love, just in time for Valentine’s Day

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are a selection of texts about love. Some texts also include listening links, notations on ideal voice type, and comments from IPA Source Founder & Principal Author, Bard Suverkrop. Droop Not, Young Lover as set by Georg Friedrich Händel This is important song, perfect for bass, is from… Read More

Perfect for voice – 8 arias as set by Camille Saint-Saëns

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (10/9/1835 – 12/16/1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. He was also a poet and playwright. In his younger years, he was enthusiastic for music of the modern day, including Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt. However, he remained a traditionalist committed to musical structures by earlier French composers.… Read More

Halloween-themed art songs and opera texts

No tricks here! Here are some Halloween treats hand-selected by our founder & principal author, Bard Suverkrop. Enjoy this selection of Halloween-themed art songs and opera texts, which include fach (voice type), listening links and links to the score. Art Songs And’res Maienlied: Hexenlied (perfect for soprano) as set by Felix Mendelssohn Listen to Barbara… Read More

Selected bass arias by Gaetano Donizetti, hand-curated by Fach

We conclude our blog series on Donizetti with a collection of Bass arias, hand-curated by Fach and most with listening links, available on IPA Source. The collections in this post have been hand-selected and grouped by IPA Source Founder & Principal Author, Bard Suverkrop. The Italian composer, Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (Gaetano Donizetti), born November 29,… Read More