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Alixandra Haywood

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Alix is a former clarinetist, musicologist, and content marketing manager at medici.tv!
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...
1. His date of birth is unclear. Scholars have found references on October 11th that state Giuseppe Verdi was "born yesterday," but because the ways days were counted at that time could vary—sometimes a new day was counted as beginning at sunset rather than at midnight—this could...
You're probably hearing a lot of "Hallelujahs" right around now. Here's what to say back.
Figaro entertains us from Seville, we wait anxiously for Pinkerton to return with Butterfly in Nagasaki, and we venture deep into the Underworld with Orpheus. Chopin's mazurkas transport us to a Polish village, and Dvorak's Slavonic dances pull us into Bohemian history. With classical music as our travel guide, let's see if we can make it around the world in 80 pieces...
This week on medici.tv, our 10th-anniversary programming is reliving moments of musical greatness brought to us by young musicians. Classical music, of course, has a long tradition of child prodigies, both on the stage and behind the staff paper. Let's look at few of the precocious performer/composer double-threats who have gone down in history...
Camille Pépin's Autumn Rhythm was premiered (6 times!) at the International Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition yesterday. She spoke with us just before the big day...