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Susannah Arne Cibber

Susannah Arne was born into a musically gifted family in Covent Garden, London, in 1714. Her father and grandfather were upholsterers, but her siblings and she excelled at musical studies and carved themselves successful careers in that business. The first Arne to be noticed was her older brother Thomas. Very skilled at composition, he attracted

A Quartet For A Razor!

Haydn reached London in the opening days of 1791. He passed his first night at the house of Bland, the music-publisher, at 45 High Holborn, which now, rebuilt, forms part of the First Avenue Hotel. Bland, it should have been mentioned before, had been sent over to Vienna by Salomon to coax Haydn into an

Haydn’s Contract

Haydn served the Esterhazys uninterruptedly for the long period of thirty years. Here’s the agreement he signed with the prince Paul Anton: FORM OF AGREEMENT AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE VICE-CAPELLMEISTER “This day (according to the date hereto appended) Joseph Heyden [sic] native of Rohrau, in Austria, is accepted and appointed Vice-Capellmeister in the service of

Maria Theresia von Paradis

In 1795, Maria Theresia von Paradis, the blind Austrian performer for whom Mozart may have written his Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, visited England. The Westminster Magazine wrote an interesting article about her accomplishments: Mademoiselle Theresa Paralis, the the celebrated blind performer on the pianoforte, who is equally distinguished by her talents

Book Reviews: The Pride Of The Peacock & The Story Of Music

Hello ladies and gentlemen, today I’m reviewing a classic historical romance written by the queen of the “romantic suspence” genre Victoria Holt, and a new nonfiction book about the history of Western music. Enjoy! The Pride Of The Peacock by Victoria HoltTurn-of-the-century England. Jessica Clavering is born into an old but impoverished family. One day,

Haydn’s Parents

In his biography of Haydn, J Cuthbert Hadden rememebers the parents of the celebrated composer: The composer’s father, Matthias Haydn, was, like most of his brothers, a wheelwright, combining with his trade the office of parish sexton. He belonged to the better peasant class, and, though ignorant as we should now regard him, was yet

Short Book Reviews: Richard Wagner The Lighter Side, Max Ginsburg Retrospective & Richard III A Small Guide To The Great Debate

I haven’t done some short book reviews in a while, so let’s remedy that shall we? Here are three books that are worth checking out: Richard Wagner: The Lighter Side by Terry QuinnRichard Wagner has always been the most controversial genius in music. His critics hate him so much they refuse to even just listen