One of the greatest blues artist of all time, the legendary Robert Johnson recorded only enough music to fit onto two CDs. After his death at the age of 27 in 1938, Johnson had only 12 known 78rpm records (42 tracks in total if you include alternate takes) under his belt. But those records would go on to influence the world of blues and rock & roll like no other recordings and become an essential influence to Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Keith Richards (to name...
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Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain
Many people have grown accustomed to hearing Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain during Halloween - it's definitely a dark piece of music. Rightfully so, the story behind Night on Bald Mountain is not one of light nature. Inspired by a short story by the Russian writer, Nikolai Gogol, in which witches would gather on Bald Mountain and hold sabbath, Mussorgsky was able to create a dreadfully haunting piece of music.
Mussorgsky's Night on Bald...
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Franz Schubert's Unfinished Symphony
In the autumn of 1822, Schubert embarked suddenly on a work which more decisively than almost any other in those years showed his maturing personal vision, the "Unfinished Symphony" in B minor
Six years intervened between the composition of the Fifth Symphony and that of the Eighth and during these years Schubert's spirit made such incredible progress toward maturity that with this Eighth Symphony he may be said to have reached the pinnacle of his...
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Mack The Knife
Murder ballads are a sub-genre of the traditional ballad form, the lyrics of which form a narrative describing the events of a murder, often including the lead-up and/or aftermath. A medieval version of the murder ballad performed by strolling minstrels was A moritat (from mori meaning "deadly" and tat meaning "deed").
Mack The Knife
"Mack the Knife" or "The Ballad of Mack the Knife", originally "Das Moritat von Mackie Messer", is a song composed by Kurt Weill...
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Solamente Una Vez (You Belong to My Heart)
Solamente una vez , which means "only once" is the bolero song by Agustín Lara.
Agustín Lara's career spanned nearly 70 years. In that time, he penned over 600 compositions and gained himself an international reputation as one of Mexico's most prolific and dearly loved musicians.
The skinny, unattractive scar-faced man, affectionately known to his fans as "Flaco de Oro", had women swooning at his feet and national leaders...
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