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The Love Life of Giacomo Puccini

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 8, 2014 1:21:00 PM

Amazon Prime recently released the pilot for a new series based on the book Mozart in the Jungle (watch here for free). So farit's all about the bad behavior of classical musicians in New York (well, along with a charming underdog story). It looks like it'll be a terrific series, but we at SHAR just wanted to point out that bad behavior and musicians are as old as... well, music. Here's a brief blog article on Giacomo Puccini's love life. Puccini didn’t just write opera; he lived it. 

The famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was known for churning out fabulous operas in the verismo style. I could go on and on about La Boheme, or wax poetic about the iconic melodies in Madama Butterfly, or give details of how his critics viewed his music . . . or I could cut to the chase and tell you what you’re obviously dying to know: the shocking details of his love life.

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Topics: 20th Century Composers, Puccini

Happy Birthday, Ernő Dohnányi

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 27, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Ernő Dohnányi was born on July 27, 1877 and died on February 9, 1960. To celebrate his birthday, we're publishing a tell-all blog about this lesser-known conductor and composer who was one of the first to conduct some of Bartok's more accessible music. 

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Topics: 20th Century Composers, Ernő Dohnányi, Birthday Blogs

What do Shostakovich and Teenagers Have in Common?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 15, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Today's guest blog is from one of our favorite guest bloggers. He asks (and answers) the toughest question anyone in classical music has ever faced: How do you get a teenager interested in classical music? The answer: Shostakovich. 


Why am I asking what teenagers and Shostakovich have in common? Because it seems like every nerdy young string player I know (myself included) seems to go through a serious obsession with Shostakovich. There’s something so attractive about his sarcastic, rebellious overtones, and what teen doesn’t love to be sarcastic? Not to mention the many raw emotions conveyed in his music. Maybe this attraction to Shostakovich and his music is merely a teenage phase, or maybe it’s a burgeoning discovery of a serious love of his music. We’re going to try to break it down and find out.

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Topics: Sheet Music, Shostakovich, 20th Century Composers

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