Verdi Invented This Weird Musical Trick Used In Many Pop Songs

by Simon Critchlow Following a trip to the see the English National Opera's current production of Verdi's Aida, I was reminded of a famous musical device that occurs in Act II's Grand March. The Grand March, featuring onstage trumpets, heralds the arrival of the conquering hero Radamès, fresh from his quashing of Egypt's arch enemies, … Continue reading Verdi Invented This Weird Musical Trick Used In Many Pop Songs

What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?

by Simon Critchlow  The baroque period is generally considered as being from around 1650-1750 and the classical period from around 1750-1830. To illustrate the changes in style between these two periods, I’ve chosen two pieces by the titans of each era: J.S. Bach in the Baroque corner and Mozart in the Classical corner. The two … Continue reading What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?

Best Literature Smackdown: Maud Gonne’s Response to William Butler Yeats

by Regina Kenney I want to share my favourite literature smackdowns of all time. William Butler Yeats was hopelessly in love with a phenomenal woman named Maud Gonne. He pursued her relentlessly and asked to marry her many times. Many of Yeats' poems were inspired by Gonne including, "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven", … Continue reading Best Literature Smackdown: Maud Gonne’s Response to William Butler Yeats