classical music

Magnificent Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was one of the few composers who have encapsulated the dilemma of being a 20th-century creative artist quite as poignantly as Prokofiev. He was already composing by the age of six, and wrote his first opera, The… Read More ›

Thieving Magpies

La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is a two act opera by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. The libretto by Giovanni Gherardini was based on the 1815 comedy La Pie Voleuse by JMT Badouin d’Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez. The story tells… Read More ›

A Third of Beethoven

“So he is no more than a common mortal! Now, he too will tread under foot all the rights of man, indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!” ~ Ludwig van… Read More ›

The Gifted Mendelssohn

Some people have talent in spades.  Since we here at the Asylum, well, most of us anyway, have a difficult time just shifting through the media frenzy for the truth each day, trying to discern the color of lies, half… Read More ›

Music Interlude

“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach With the media-induced hysteria here in the States in overdrive, we here at the Asylum like to take refuge with a bit of that which… Read More ›

A Little Russian

“Truly there would be a reason to go mad were it not for music,” – P. I. Tchaikovsky It was from the Austrian-born composer that some may have heard of, W.A. Mozart, whom we owe a debt of gratitude for… Read More ›