During Schumann’s lifetime, much political upheaval was experienced in his hometown of Dresden. In early 1849, fighting had begun.
(b London, 14 July 1901; d Oxford, 27 Sept 1956). English composer. The son of a shipbroker, he was educated privately, and studied music with Ernest Farrar (1915-16) then, when Farrar joined the army, with Edward Bairstow at York (1917-22).
(b Quarante, 12 July 1880; d Luchon, 9 Aug 1960). French clarinettist. He studied with Cyrille Rose at the Paris Conservatoire, winning a premier prix in 1899.
I have found Loreena McKennitt’s music to be unbelievably soothing. I stumbled onto her music after watching Mists of Avalon, a made-for-television movie about the characters from stories of King Arthur. It was the rich celtic sounds that she incorporated into her music, not to mention her haunting voice, that so lured me into listening… Continue reading Loreena McKennitt