Music Notes

Faustina is named for Faustina Bordoni, the most famous Baroque mezzo-soprano of the eighteenth century. Her nickname was "The New Siren" and she was commonly known simply as "Faustina". Read more....

By Sheila M. MacRae

Although J.S. Bach (Mar 31, 1685 - Jul 28, 1750) and Jan Dismas Zelenka (16 October 1679 – 23 December 1745), both great musicians, were near contemporaries, history has treated them very differently... Read More

Have you ever wondered what gives the oboe the very special sound that cuts through the orchestra, and whose sonority is so different from other instruments? And what are the other bigger "oboes" that you sometimes see in a musical group?

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