On Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Classical music composers

Classical music composers

Marc Honegger
Publishing house: Espasa Calpe
Pages: 840
I weigh: 1000 grams
ISBN: 84-670-1674-4

Classical music composers – Dictionary Espasa includes the principal composers of the music of the whole world. Of all of them a finished catalog of his works controls itself. Of the 50 most important creators a bibliography and a guide is included, also, for the audition of some of his works. Marc Honegger is an important musicologist and university teacher of recognized prestige in France.

Verdi a biography

Verdi a biography

Mary Jane Phillips Matz
Publishing house: Paidos
Pages: 939
I weigh: 1560 grams
ISBN: 84-493-1128-4

Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most famous, exciting and long-lived composers of the history of the music. One century after his death, many of his operas keep on appearing in all the repertoires of the genre, and even any of them are never between the composed most popular.

I sing castrato

I sing castrato

César Aira
Publishing house: Mondadori
Pages: 302
I weigh: 400 grams
ISBN: 84-397-0995-1

In 1738 the nations of Europe rise in his climb of absolutism and frivolity. The death of Luis XIV has opened a gap that little by little the ambiguous creatures of the rococo will fill. There has come the moment of maximum splendor of empresses and gallant kings. And on the highest powers a sublime and worrying singing hovers: that of the castrati.

Dictionary of the lover of the opera

Dictionary of the lover of the opera

Jean Pierre Remy
Publishing house: Paidós
Pages: 668
I weigh: 1000 grams
ISBN: 950-12-7437-3

"We have decided to present for alphabetical order first of all the operas, the singers and the conductors. The first ones because concerning them it turns our speech; the second ones because they made us love or they still make us love so many operas. Also we have stopped in some emblematic places, theaters of opera and festivals of the lyric world of nowadays". Jean Pierre Remy

Astor Piazzolla. His life and his music

Astor Piazzolla. His life and his music

Maria Susana Azzi - Simon Collier
Publishing house: The Cultural club
Pages: 526
I weigh: 730 grams
ISBN: 950-02-8673-4

Astor Piazzola was a musical genius who used the music of the tango as raw material for the creation of a novel musical genre. In this work, the authoresses receive in an admirable way the life full of tones of this extraordinary musician, a visionary who gained international reputation while he was waking up bitter polemics in his own homeland.

Since one listens to the classical music

Since one listens to the classical music

Horacio Sanguinetti
Publishing house: Planet Arg.
Pages: 223
I weigh: 300 grams
ISBN: 950-49-0897-7

How the classical music does one listen? This question starts a complex mechanism of subjectivities, details, preferences and even prejudices, and the answer becomes ghostly for those who try to know his labyrinths without a suitable guide.

Memories of Gustav Mahler

Memories of Gustav Mahler

Alma Mahler
Publishing house: The cliff
Pages: 361
I weigh: 1000 grams
ISBN: 84-9613-644-1

When in 1902 Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler, a beautiful Viennese young woman almost twenty minor than years he, already he is the admired and awesome director of the Opera of Vienna. Ten years of this controversial marriage will be also those of the definitive consecration of the composer and the crisis of the European civilization.

The spirit of the opera

The spirit of the opera

Marie France Castarede
Publishing house: Paidós
Pages: 221
I weigh: 290 grams
ISBN: 950-12-5108-X

This trip for the world of the opera, fascinating and dynamic, will be liked, of course, to the lover of the genre, whom his intimate passion will help to understand better for the world of the opera, or for certain interpreters, and even to feed his music loving with new information and reflections.

Dictionary of the opera

Dictionary of the opera

Kurt Pahlen
Publishing house: Emece
Pages: 575
I weigh: 575 grams
ISBN: 950-04-2618-8

The most finished dictionary of the opera published in Spanish: Detailed analyses of more than 175 famous operas; more than 100 composers' biographies; brief descriptions of 50 less well-known operas; index of documented works; consultation catalog with more than 350 composers and approximately 1200 works.

History of the music

History of the music

Pola Suarez Urtubey
Publishing house: Clarity
Pages: 445
I weigh: 445 grams
ISBN: 950-620-155-2

Pola Suarez Urtubey proposes in this work a novel approach of the history of the music, on having related it to the changes of texture that have occurred during the centuries from the Christian singing. Convinced in that there resides the deepest transformation of the sonorous language, the authoress divides his book in five parts - texture monódica, polyphonic, monódica accompanied, homophonous and dissonant counterpoint - establishing for this route internal and suggestive relations between historical periods or between seemingly disconnected esthetic tendencies.


  • On February 17, 1653: Arcangelo Corelli, musician and Italian composer is born. Grosso contributed to the crystallization of the concerto. Author of numerous instrumental works (Concert of Christmas, The Follia, sonatas), father of the sonata for violin and inspirer of a group of composers of this instrument like Varacini, Germiniani and Viotti.

  • On February 13, 1883: Richard Wagner dies in Venice. Composer of German origin, renovator of the romantic opera. His inclination towards the music did not wake up up to knowing the works of Weber and Beethoven. After a life lax and invested in the game and the women, he married and traveled to Paris and then to Dresden, where his work was recognized. The transfer of his remains was comparable to the funeral procession of a big sovereign one.

  • On February 13, 1976: the soprano Lily Pons dies. A voice crystalline and extended towards the sharp one, joined a graceful figure and personal friendliness, they constitute the props of the formidable success of Lily Pons. An exceeded publicity helped to do of her almost a sacred monster of the singing; so much it was so in the decade of '40 went so far as to consider her to be the best singer of the world.

  • On February 12, 1924: there is released "Rhapsody In Blue" of George Gershwin. Gershwin managed to unite in this work three fundamental elements of the music of his country: the piano popular tradition, the harmonic treatment of the music of the theater of varieties and all the ambience of the African American blues.

  • On February 10, 1881: I release in Paris of "The Stories of Hoffmann" of Jacques Offenbach. The opera is an adaptation of Jules Barbier and Michel Carré of several stories of writer Ernst T.A. Hoffmann. The first one takes place with a mechanical doll, the second one with the victim of the conjuration of a magician, and the third one with a moribund sick person. The history begins with a prologue ambientado in a bar.


  • Daniel Barenboim
    "The director does not have physical contact with the music that his instrumentalists produce and at most he can correct the phrasing or the rhythm of the score but his gesture does not exist if it does not find a band that is receiving"

  • George Gershwin
    "It would give everything what I have as a little of the genius that Schubert needed to compose his Ave Maria"

  • Gustav Mahler
    "When the work turns out to be a success, when a problem has been solved, we forget the difficulties and the perturbations and feel richly rewarded"

  • Franz Schubert
    "When one is inspired by something good, the musician is born fluently, the melodies sprout; really this is a big satisfaction"

  • Bedrich Smetana
    "With the help and the God's grace, I will be a Mozart in the composition and a Liszt in the skill"


  • And lucevan him stelle

    Mario del Monaco (Mario Cavaradossi)

  • I prelude to the siesta of a faun

    Claude Debussy

  • Manuel de Falla (the first works)


  • Four stations

    Antonio Vivaldi



Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla

Piazzolla represents one of the rarest cases in which an author is unrolled of extraordinary form so much in the world of the popular music, with his tangos of Buenos Aires, as in that of the refined or classic music. Called symphonic tango created a new genre renewing this way of decisive form the tango. If it is considered that the work of Piazzolla begins in 1946 with The desbande and concludes in 1990, with Him grand tango and with Five tango sensations, that the same year records with the quartet of ropes Kronos, it is deduced that it covers 46 years, space in which it produced not less than eight hundred works.


Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel is perhaps the biggest myth of the Argentina. His artistic skill, his incomparable talent as singer of the suburbs of Buenos Aires, his musical instinct to compose some of the biggest tangos of all the times, his marvelous character, his fanaticism for the careers, have led him to being equalled perhaps only by another legend of the country of the south of the Silver: Eva Perón. Nevertheless, while all political activity can be worth of objections, comments and mistrust on the part of certain sectors of the population, the figure of Carlos Gardel is erected as universally for all the Argentinians and the followers of the tango across the world.

Paris, on February 16

Juan José Mosalini: the soul of the bandoneón beats in Paris

The music and the dance of the River Plate came to the margins of the Seine more than one century ago, seducing the French, but Juan José Mosalini lives through the tango now a real explosion in France, of the hand of some of his contemporary teachers, like the bandoneonista. In an interview with the AFP in Paris, before traveling to Argentina, where it will offer two concerts, and from which it will set off then in the direction of China, Mosalini evoked "passionate and unconditional" relation between Paris and the tango and between he and the bandoneón, which came to his hands when it was a chiquilín.

Granada, on February 16

International festival tango Granada dedicates his XXII edition to Carlos Gardel

75 anniversary of the death of the singer and tanguista Carlos Gardel will lead XXII edition of the International Festival of Tango of Granada, which also will organize several parallel activities between which there are holidays of trasnoche, tango in the university or an exhibition. Between the artists who will take part in three forms of the festival - dance, set of instruments and sung - there is Leo Sujatovich, Cristian Zárate and the Japanese couple of dance Kyoto and Hiros Yamao.


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