Can You Do the Cancan?

“All the girls in Paris France Love to do the Can Can Dance.”¹ The dance and music is strongly associated with the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He portrayed the dancers and their dance halls in many of his posters. As a result, people today may associate the cancan with Paris of the 1890s. The cancan…
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Illustrated Songbooks, Part II

This post is part of the Illustrated Songbooks series. Songbooks Illustrated by Henriette Willebeek le Mair Little Songs of Long Ago, music by Alfred Moffat Our Old Nursery Rhymes, music by Alfred Moffat Old Dutch Nursery Rhymes, music by Julius Rontgen Henriette Willebeek le Mair was a Dutch illustrator born in 1889. As a teenager, she…
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Illustrated Songbooks, Part 1

This post is part of the Illustrated Songbooks series. The second half of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century have been called the “golden age of children’s books." That extends to children’s songbooks, too. These songbooks may have music composed especially for that book, or may be already well-known nursery rhymes or…
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Traditional Irish Music

Ireland’s musical tradition goes back well over a thousand years. For nearly all of this time, it’s been an oral tradition passed on from one musician to another. It’s only been fairly recently that the music has been recorded in written and audio forms. The music can be found played in homes, pubs, reception halls…
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Silent Night, 200th Anniversary

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the first performance of the popular Christmas carol “Silent Night” (“Stille Nacht”). In 1816, Joseph Mohr wrote a six stanza poem and put it aside, not giving it much thought. But in 1818, when preparing for the Christmas Eve service, this Austrian priest discovered a problem. The church’s organ…
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