Music Unwound: Copland and Mexico

On March 28, 2013, sixteen members of Chamber Winds Louisville performed on a special concert that featured live music intermingled with commentary by American-music scholar Joseph Horowitz, Carol A. Hess, an expert on the music of Spain and the Americas and Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus, an internationally-known authority on the music of Silvestre Revueltas. Other performers on… Continue reading Music Unwound: Copland and Mexico


Moliere was one of the world’s most famous comedy writers. Most of Moliere’s family did not approve of actors. They believed them to be a low social class. His father, who was the upholsterer for the king of France, wanted him to study to become a lawyer. But, Molière’s grandfather encouraged the youth’s interest in the theater. Molière finally gave up his law studies and became an actor. To avoid offending his father and to protect his family from embarrassment he changed his name from Jean-Baptiste Poquelin to Molière.

Listening Examples

Here are your listening examples for the test: Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, Symphony No. 5 Haydn: Surprise Symphony Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Marriage of Figaro

Johann Sebastian Bach

Here is today’s presentation of Bach. Born March 21, 1685 in Eisenach, Germany (click for map) Bachhaus (Bach’s childhood house) Father: Johann Ambrosius Bach, director of town musicians Mother: Maria Elizabeth Lämmerhirt 3 siblings, all played instruments Father taught violin Childhood & Training 40 Bachs involved in music Mother died in 1694 (Bach was 9) Father… Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach