“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Just a nod in the direction of the German philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer, Friedrich Nietzsche, whom many remember for his declaration “God is dead”.

It’s his 113th birthday today (Nietzsche’s) and is celebrated by the Google Doodle.

Nietzsche made quite an impact on composers during the 1890s.  Continue reading

Hans Gál – recording project

GalGál was born in 1890 to a Jewish family in a small village just outside Vienna. He was trained at the New Vienna Conservatory where later he taught for some time.
With the support of such important musicians as Wilhelm FurtwänglerRichard Strauss and others, he obtained the directorship of the Mainz Conservatory.

Gál composed in nearly every genre and his operas, which include Der Artz der SobeideDie Heilige Ente andDas Lied der Nacht, were particularly popular during the 1920s.
Although not exactly a household name in the guitar world, he did compose many works which include the mandolin and guitar, some of which are for mandolin orchestra. Continue reading