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Alixandra Haywood

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Alix is a former clarinetist, musicologist, and content marketing manager at medici.tv!
With its vivid depiction of Mother Nature, Vivaldi's Four Seasons needs little introduction. But what about all the creatures that inhabit this musical world? From chirping birds to barking dogs, Vivaldi's animals have voices of their own!
Attention all bookworms! Here are our picks of recent novels for classical music lovers, ranging from political thrillers to historical fiction...
The beautiful oboe solo that opens the Adagio. How could a musical moment Brahms feared "feeble" manage to arouse jealousy in violinists everywhere?
The "talking" bass clarinet impersonating a caterpillar. Life in Unsuk Chin's psychadelic version of wonderland sure is a trip!
The piano 🎹 It may seem obvious to listen to the piano in a piano concerto, but if we look closer, there's a bit more to it than that...
The habanera. Bizet blends a lilting Cuban rhythm, a "borrowed" Spanish melody, and a heavy dose of chromaticism into one of opera's most recognizable hits.
The opening flute solo. In just four measures, Debussy sets the tone for the sensual dream-like atmosphere that characterizes the whole piece.
Anyone who's familiar with the operatic stage knows that most love stories don't end with the perfect pair riding off into the sunset...
Raphaël Pichon © François Sechet Hailed by many as the face of the new generation of young conductors exploring the Baroque repertoire, Raphaël Pichon will lead the Ensemble Pygmalion and a cast of soloists in a performance of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata...
Jacqueline Du Pré © David Farrell / Redferns On January 26th, the classical music community remembers a striking talent we lost too soon: the great Jacqueline Du Pré. This year, we thought we'd make our birthday tribute interactive! Take our quiz...