Antonio Vivaldi

Music and the Education of the Christian Soul

By |2019-08-19T00:48:52-05:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Happiness, Heaven, Music, Timeless Essays|

In a world ringing with noise and suffused with the more or less artful idolizing of passions divorced from objective goods, where are we to find melodies capable of penetrating our hardened hearts with spiritual truths? Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join L. Joseph Hebert, as he [...]

Music for Holy Week and Easter

By |2019-04-14T21:54:10-05:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Culture, Hector Berlioz, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Stephen Klugewicz, as he provides musical suggestions for listening during Holy Week and the Easter season. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Though Handel’s Messiah rightly reigns supreme as the king of music for Easter, there are many other seasonal masterpieces [...]

Vivaldi and the Cello

By |2019-03-03T22:22:43-05:00March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Christine Norvell, Culture, Music, Senior Contributors|

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s music is timeless. Performed within the orchestral world, period films, and popular culture today, his works and melodies are recognizable, even to a movie crowd. Yet his work was often discredited in his lifetime because he was prolific. Composers and critics alike believed that Vivaldi’s sheer quantity of production outweighed his quality. Vivaldi [...]

Music and the Education of the Christian Soul

By |2019-01-05T12:11:21-05:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Happiness, Heaven, Mother of God, Music, Sainthood|

In a world ringing with noise and suffused with the more or less artful idolizing of passions divorced from objective goods, where are we to find melodies capable of penetrating our hardened hearts with spiritual truths? In Plato’s Republic, Socrates leads a group of ambitious young Athenians on a search for the best way of [...]

Music of War and Remembrance: Ten Classical Music Pieces

By |2019-09-01T19:15:50-05:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Gustav Holst, Hector Berlioz, Joseph Haydn, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Stephen M. Klugewicz, War|

  Across the centuries, composers have been inspired by the twin dramas of human conflict and the subsequent making of peace. Here are ten great pieces of classical music that dramatize war, celebrate its resolution, and recall its sacrifices. 10. Franz Liszt: The Battle of the Huns One of the composer's many tone poems, Franz Liszt's Hunnenschlacht—written [...]

Music for Easter & Holy Week: Ten Classical Pieces

By |2019-04-05T15:23:02-05:00April 4th, 2015|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Easter, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Though Handel’s Messiah rightly reigns supreme as the king of music for Easter, there are many other seasonal masterpieces that deserve to be heard more often. Here are ten lesser-known classical works that brilliantly depict the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday. […]

The Top Ten Greatest Operas

By |2019-03-05T11:57:35-05:00June 23rd, 2013|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Culture, Hector Berlioz, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

The human voice is God’s most beautiful instrument, and the blending of voices and musical instruments within the context of a dramatic visual presentation is the zenith of human artistic achievement. This is the glory of opera. Below is a list of the ten greatest operas ever composed, in order of greatness, from ten [...]

Antonio Vivaldi: The Red Priest Rediscovered

By |2019-07-23T10:44:27-05:00April 24th, 2012|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Culture, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Inevitably, when one hears the name of Antonio Vivaldi, one thinks of his famous set of four violin concertos, The Four Seasons. By one estimate it is the most played piece of classical music in world history. Though it has made Vivaldi famous for at least the last century or so, The Four Seasons [...]