Felix Borowski and Adoration

Felix Borowski, composer and teacher, wrote more than 60 pieces in a variety of styles, including 3 symphonies, 3 string quartets, and 3 organ sonatas. But it is neither Borowski's symphonies nor his string quartets that made him famous. His biggest claim-to-fame is a violin piece called Adoration. As I was preparing Adoration for my … Continue reading Felix Borowski and Adoration

An Intriguing Mozart

Since Mozart's Birthday was on January 27th, I felt a little pressure to post about him this Monday. But I didn't want to write up a biography about him - of which there are gazillions on the WWW. And no, I didn't want to post "10 Interesting Facts about Mozart" - there are already hundreds … Continue reading An Intriguing Mozart

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, one of the most influential—and controversial—composers of the 20th century, was born exactly 134 years ago today: June 17, 1882. Stravinsky was a pianist and a conductor, but most importantly, a composer. His compositions were and still are famous for their diversity and inspiration. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean his works were received enthusiastically; … Continue reading Igor Stravinsky

Artur Rubinstein

On this day—January 28th, 1887—Artur Rubinstein was born. One of the greatest musical interpreters who ever lived, Rubinstein attracted multitudes with his beautiful tones, delicate touch, and his utter absorption in the pieces he performed. Rubinstein always played with inspiration; this could be attributed to his belief in not over-practicing. He once said: "I was born very, very lazy … Continue reading Artur Rubinstein