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Forgotten today, successful in its time: I masnadieri (The Bandits), by Verdi

I masnadieri (The Bandits) was an opera performed for the first time on July 22nd, 1847. 170 years after its debut, we remember it like the successful piece Verdi presented to the British audience.

Napoleon turned them into cannon bullets and Henry VIII into money: the history of bells.

It was a bell what gave the signal to start the sadly famous Saint Bartholomew Killing in August, 1572. Also, the elimination of bells in monasteries gave Henry VIII a good fortune.

Different Views of the Same Story

Whenever we think of a love story between two young people with a tragic ending, the names Romeo and Juliet come to our minds, the drama created by William Shakespeare more than four centuries ago. But this drama also had musical versions

The musical challenge that Mozart never won

The musical challenge between Muzio Clementi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, allowed both of them prove the Emperor of Austria and the Duke Paul of Russia who was the best musician. The monarchsí decision never pleased the performers.

Carmina Burana: 80 years later, the fascination continues (+video)

80 years ago, Carmina Burana was heard for the first time. Written with fragments in German and Provencal languages, it rescues a goliardic myth from the 12th century.

The unknown óand brilliantó Mozartís father

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartís fame and talent made him one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music. He was so bright that his long shadow ended up eclipsing his father, despite being very talented.

The Secret Life of the Baton and how Musicians used it throughout History

The beginnings of the baton date back to the 15th century, when polyphonic music started to quickly develop and maybe to prevent the sonorous anarchy, they found a way to establish some order through the use of an object, attachment or mechanism to prevent the indulgence in rhythm and tempo.

Aulos versus Zither

Thanks to the numerous literary texts that have been preserved, it is known that if there is an ancient civilization that can presume of a wide and varied musical culture, it is the Greek one.