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CD Review: Tafelmusik Reissue Salutes Chevalier de Saint-Georges

CD Review: Tafelmusik Reissue Salutes Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Andrew J. Sammut
Amid a long-overdue reckoning on race in the United States, Tafelmusik has reissued its 2003 album of Saint-Georges’s music with the goal of “properly centering the composer’s achievements.”
Book Review: Women 'Dangerous' And Otherwise Onstage in 18th-Century France

Book Review: Women ‘Dangerous’ And Otherwise Onstage in 18th-Century France

Catherine Gordon
Marcie Ray's book presents a serious commentary on women’s status within the cultural and social hierarchy from 1701 to 1745.
Book Review: Beethoven's Politics As Reflected In His Music

Book Review: Beethoven’s Politics As Reflected In His Music

Erica Buurman
William Kinderman's book focuses on Beethoven’s lifelong belief in freedom and progress as universal ideals that found expression in his music in all periods of his life in ways that continue to resonate to the present day
Book Review: Vivid Exploration Of Renaissance Polyphony

Book Review: Vivid Exploration Of Renaissance Polyphony

Emily Zazulia
Fabrice Fitch has given us a compact yet nuanced account of a splendid period in music history in a book that is as deeply musical as it is rich with possibility.
Book Review: How A Roman Couple Championed Baroque Opera

Book Review: How A Roman Couple Championed Baroque Opera

Tim Carter
For a glamorous decade, Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and his wife, Maria, stood at the heart of the Roman social world, as they did in Venice during Carnival as avid patrons of the opera houses there.
Book Review: Music As Partisan Propaganda On American Political Scene

Book Review: Music As Partisan Propaganda On American Political Scene

Christa Pehl Evans
A significant contribution to the field of American history as well as musicology, 'Hail Columbia!' provides a detailed analysis of popular American songs on the political scene in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Book Review: Thriller Charts Conductor's Beethoven Delusions

Book Review: Thriller Charts Conductor’s Beethoven Delusions

Carol Lieberman
The story features one Layton Stolz, a welder turned orchestra conductor whose life is changed after hearing Beethoven’s 'Egmont' Overture on the radio.
CD Review: Sacred Music From Colonial America

CD Review: Sacred Music From Colonial America

Andrew J. Sammut
Musicologist Christopher Dylan Herbert researched more than 120 manuscripts at libraries, archives, and private collections across the United States and United Kingdom to find this music.
Book Review: Celebrating The Women Who Made Music In Ferrara

Book Review: Celebrating The Women Who Made Music In Ferrara

Beth L. Glixon
'Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara' brings together Laurie Stras’s decades-long research on patronage, celebrations, and performance in Ferrara, the seat of the Este dukes until Alfonso II’s death in 1597.
CD Review: Verdelot Madrigals Reflect The Pain Of Love

CD Review: Verdelot Madrigals Reflect The Pain Of Love

Aaron Keebaugh
The disc, featuring the Israeli ensemble Profeti della Quinta, combines four-part madrigals taken from Philippe Verdelot’s first published collection, which was printed posthumously in 1533.