Best known today for La Serva Padrona and his Stabat Mater, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s career is a prime example of how 18th-century music was closely associated with nobility and power.
Employment within the court of Louis XIV allowed Jean-Baptiste Lully to lavish his talents on creating spectacular works for the stage, as Jan Smaczny explains.
Despite a lack of success in his own lifetime, notably with Carmen, Bizet soon became hailed as an operatic master, as George Hall explains.
Christopher Wiley traces the career of Ethel Smyth, who was the first woman to have an opera performed at the Metropolitan Opera, wrote the suffragette’s anthem, and developed a parallel career as an author.
For opera lovers the world over, Giacomo Puccini epitomises Italian opera. Phillip Sametz examines the life and career of one of opera’s most successful musical dramatists.
Australia’s greatest cultural loss from WWI finally gets to come home with the launch of his complete recording edition. Christopher Latham reports on the late-flowering fruits of a labour of love.
Feted in his own era, the French composer deserves to be remembered for more than the small handful of his works that are familiar today, says Roger Nichols.
The Irishman who came to define English music is undergoing something of a pre-Brexit reassessment. RJ Stove investigates a rich musical life and legacy.
While masterfully adaptable when his creativity was restricted by others, it was on being given a free rein that the Polish composer revealed his unique brilliance, as Adrian Thomas explains.
Many influences combined to make Grieg’s music so instantly memorable but, says Jessica Duchen, it took his immaculate sense of balance to make them all work together.
Richard Meale once stood alongside Peter Sculthorpe as a hero of Australian music. James Koehne examines why he fell from prominence and argues that he was the most Romantic of Modernist composers.
One of the finest violinists of his or any generation, Ysaÿe was also a composer of considerably greater talent than he himself was inclined to believe.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s duty to write music for the Easter period led to some of his most inspired and dramatically inventive masterpieces.