This week, we’re listening to Ottorino Respighi, an Italian composer from the 20th century. A pianist, violinist, and violist, he liked to compose in dance styles with romantic harmonies and textures.
This week, we’re listening to Puccini, who is well known for his operas. Instead of focusing on his output, however, we’re going to focus on opera itself. Opera is not incredibly popular to a lot of people because of the big voices with thick vibrato and heavy vowels. This, however, is a misconception due to […]
This week, we’re looking at two more Italian composers – Sacchini and Rossini. Antonio Sacchini was a Classical period composer. This overture, from Dardanus is very classical, with its very in-line, orderly harmonics. Sacchini was considered a great melody writer, during his time, and was much admired by Queen Marie Antoinette,