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

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Top 10 Classical Music Pieces for Halloween

by Simon Critchlow  Sick of the 'Monster Mash?' Here are 10 spooky classical music pieces to listen to for Halloween. 1. 'La Danse Macabre' by Camille Saint-Sans Right from the solo violin entry at the very start, it is clear the devil is leading this dance. Saint-Sans’ clever use of the interval of the tritone … Continue reading Top 10 Classical Music Pieces for Halloween

Analysis of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ for a Modern Audience

After seeing Julia Jones conduct Mozart’s The Magic Flute (or Die Zauberflöte) at The Royal Opera in London, here is a reflection on the important elements of the opera and its translation to a modern audience.  by Simon Critchlow  It's 1791 and all is well for W. A. Mozart. He’s off to the theatre to see his mates, doubtless … Continue reading Analysis of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ for a Modern Audience