Of all the Great Composers, Debussy's personal life was among the most turbulent, that is, he scores among the highest in life-stress tests. One such episode involved Mme Emma Bardac, the wife of a wealthy banker and an amateur singer. Having just reached forty, and married four years, Debussy had a love affair with Emma Bardac.
With Lily Lilo, a few months before
his affair with Emma Bardac
His wife Rosalie Texier, whom Debussy called "Lily-Lilo," attempted suicide by shooting herself with a revolver, inflicting a wound near her heart. She was in the hospital when Debussy came to see her only once. He left as soon as he learned she would survive the gunshot wound. His friends were brutal in their criticism, and some became estranged from Debussy. He described this time as "strange and bizarre."
Debussy and Emma Bardac
Soon, Debussy moved into an apartment ...
Hi friends, I hope you'll join me for a free Freedom Concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery with the passing of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, and the end of the Civil War. The Freedom Concert takes place today in the Hall of Liberty at Hollywood Forest Lawn, in Griffith Park.
A pre-concert talk begins at 5:00pm and features a video and discussion of the award-winning documentary “Fight for Freedom” which depicts the formation of the United States Colored Troops and their role in the abolishment of slavery, presented by Colonel (Retired) Franklin J. Henderson. (pictured)
At 6:00pm, the Freedom Concert begins with the California State Military Reserve Color Guard. Among others performing are the Air Nation Guard Band of the West Coast “Brass Quintet,” soprano Shelia Yvette Judson presenting the west coast premiere of an aria from the folk opera “Harriett ...
Beethoven, on his deathbed, was shown a painting of Joseph Haydn’s birthplace in the village Rohrau. This market town was set down in the monotonous marshlands along the Leitha River in Lower Austria. (Rohrau is translated from the German for reedy meadow.) Every few years in spring the river flooded the low-lying countryside. In the dry season the townspeople were fearful of their thatched roofs catching fire. When the mosquitoes rose from the swamps they were plentiful, and disease was never far behind. Rohrau also had a history haunted by invasions. The town was near the Hungarian border, so the military tug & pull of 18th century Central Europe often wrenched the lives of the modest citizens of Rohrau, whom history records as honest Croatian rubes.
In 1732, born among them, there was baby Franciscus Josephus Haydn; and ninety-five years later, here was Beethoven, looking back through the intersecting planes ...
Liszt snorted and stomped. He vowed to cross swords with a man he’d never met, and in so doing bandy with the Parisian salonisti. At the stoked-pipe age of twenty-five, Liszt considered himself the undisputed pianistic champ of Europe, 1836. Had he not achieved greatness in Paris but eighteen months ago? Now Paris had turned her back on him in favor of another virtuoso, and to this affront he, Franz Liszt, the virtuoso, would respond with all due harshness.
He gave the salonisti this much. He had been away from Paris too long, traveling Europe with the Countess he stole on his way out of town – the calm and alabaster Marie d’Agoult, wife of the Count. Theirs was a wondrous thing of naught, the two lovers electric with sin, triumph and amore. Or could it be, thought Liszt, the salonisti had tossed him over for the love of the ...