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Music History

After having so much fun researching and speaking about the music that surrounded Queen Victoria, in her personal and public life, I have decided to create a Spotify playlist of some of that music.  It's a crazy anachronism, I know, but if I put it on a wax cylinder or one of Edison's machines, I don't think it would be as useful for you. 

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I love figure skating!  With the Winter Olympics on, here's your very basic guide to Western classical music AND some breathtaking spins, too.

The Other Haydn - Michael Haydn in Salzburg

Nov 6, 2017

  Michael Haydn's music will be performed this week in the inaugural concert of Ensemble PeriHIPsous – Rochester’s new “period” orchestra. These days, Michael Haydn is not quite as well-known these days as his older brother Franz Joseph Haydn - so musicologist and Ensemble PeriHIPsous founder Michael Ruhling has agreed to share some stories of this other Haydn here for our edification and reading enjoyment. 

Happy Birthday, Michael Haydn!

Sep 14, 2017

  That’s right, Michael Haydn.

What?! There were TWO HAYDNS who were revered composers in the late 18th century? So much talent in one family! (Must have had smart and encouraging parents.)

September 14 marks the 280th birthday of the composer Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806).  Michael Haydn was a prolific composer of many different types of music, but best known for his fine sacred works written in Salzburg, which were widely distributed throughout Europe during his lifetime.  Despite his reputation as a first-rate composer, his fame quickly faded following his death, as the stars of the great Viennese Classical trinity of Joseph Haydn, W. A. Mozart, and Beethoven became brighter than all of their contemporaries.  

Poetry for Peace: Rochester Connections

Mar 24, 2017

  The Rochester Oratorio Society and the University of Rochester Humanities Center have been commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I with a series of discussions on history, poetry, and music. The musical focus for these events is a performance of Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams (March 24th, 7:30pm, Hochstein Performance Hall). 

Before the concert, you can learn more about what Rochesterians experienced as the United States became involved in World War I. Historian Dan Cody will share stories, artifacts, and pictures in a talk at 6:30pm in the Chapel at Hochstein. In this guest post, Cody sets the scene for how Rochester mobilized for the Great War.