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Nicolo Paganini – had he sold his soul to the devil?

Posted in Famous Composers, Historical articles, History, Music, Superstition on Friday, 20 November 2015

This clever portrait of Nicolo Paganini, shows the great composer and virtuoso violinist fiddling away while a diabolical grotesque grins in the background. This is an allusion to the rumour that the only explanation for such performing genius was that he had sold his soul to the devil. In fact Paganini was a kind and generous man; when he heard “Harold in Italy”, which he himself had commissioned, he sent Berlioz 20,000 francs to help the struggling composer. Of his legendary performing genius only his Guarnerius violin remains, preserved by the city of Genoa.

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Nicolo Paganini – had he sold his soul to the devil? by Angus McBride

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The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 97

Posted in Best pictures, Disasters, Famous Composers, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, London, Medicine, Music, Rivers, Ships, The Illustrated Times, Theatre, Trade, War on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the destruction of the European factories at Canton.

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Destruction of the European factories at Canton

The second picture shows a scene from Wagner’s Opera “The Flying Dutchman,” at the Lyceum Theatre.

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Scene from Wagner's Opera "The Flying Dutchman," at the Lyceum Theatre by D H Friston

The third picture shows the embarkation of an Ambulance Train at Woolwich for the Seat of War.

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Embarkation of an Ambulance Train at Woolwich for the Seat of War by A Slader

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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 69

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Boats, English Literature, Famous Composers, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, Ships, The Graphic on Thursday, 12 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Venice, where Richard Wagner died in 1883.

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The Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Venice, where Richard Wagner died

The second picture shows the body of Robert Browning lying in the hall of the Ca’ Rezzonico where he died in 1889.

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The Body of the Late Mr Browning lying in the Hall of the Palazzo

The third picture shows a naval regatta in Venice in 1885.

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Illumination of the Grand Canal, Venice, in Honour of the Launch of the New Ironclad, "Francesco Morosini" by W L Wyllie

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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 15

Posted in Best pictures, Famous Composers, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions, Law, Leisure, Music, Plants, Politics, The Graphic on Monday, 9 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows military police looking for truant soldiers in a pub.

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Patrol, a Truant Soldier's Terror, "Any Soldier in Here?"

The second picture shows the death of Mozart.

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The Mozart Centenary, "Mozart's Last Moments" by Hermann Kaulbach

The third picture shows Gladstone watching a mechanical tree-felling saw.

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Tree felling by Machinery, Mr Gladstone watching a Trial of the New Patent Steam Feller near Tulse Hill by G Durand

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The best pictures of Richard Strauss

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, Dance, Famous Composers, Historical articles, History, Music, Theatre on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The best pictures of Richard Strauss are images of the composer and his operatic works.
The first picture shows a portrait by Bieber.

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Richard Strauss

The second picture shows the Presentation of the Rose in Der Rosenkavalier.

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Der Rosenkavalier

The third picture shows Aino Ackte, the Finnish soprano who created the role of Salome.

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Aino Ackte, the “one and only Salome” according to Strauss

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The best pictures of Die Meistersinger non Nurnberg

Posted in Best pictures, Famous Composers, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Music, Theatre on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The best pictures of Die Meistersinger non Nurnberg are images of scenes from each act of the German opera by Wagner.
The first picture shows a scene from Act One.

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Walther sings for the Meistersingers

The second picture shows Act Two.

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Beckmesser serenades Magdalena dressed as Eva

The third picture shows Walther singing the Prize Song in Act Three.

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Walther began his song by Ferdinand Lecke

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The best pictures of Parsifal

Posted in Best pictures, Famous Composers, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Music, Religion, Theatre, Weapons on Monday, 19 October 2015

The best pictures of Parsifal are striking images of the mediaeval knight and Wagner’s eponymous opera or sacred festival drama.
The first picture shows Parsifal.

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Thus it was that Parsifal began his pilgrimage. A scene from Parsifal, by Richard Wagner by Ferdinand Lecke

The second picture shows Parsifal’s return.

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The Return of Parsifal with the Holy Spear

The third picture shows Parsifal healing Amfortas with the Holy Spear.

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Parsifal Heals Amfortas with the Holy SpearParsifal Heals Amfortas with the Holy Spear

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The best pictures of the premiere of Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, Famous Composers, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Music, Shakespeare, Theatre on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of the premiere of Verdi’s Falstaff document one of the greatest theatrical events of the late nineteenth century.
The first picture shows a scene from Act III of the opera.

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Scene from Verdi's New Opera of "Falstaff," at Milan, Act III, Scene 1 by W H Overend

The second picture shows Act II, scene 2 from the opera.

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The Production of Verdi's "Falstaff" at Milan, Falstaff concealed in the Buck-Basket in Ford's House by Signor Ettore Tito

The third picture shows the 79-year old Verdi joining the cast at the curtain call.

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The Production of Verdi's "Falstaff" at Milan, Signor Verdi appearing before the curtain with the Singers by Signor Ettore Tito

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The best pictures of Giuseppe Verdi

Posted in Best pictures, Children, Famous Composers, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Music, Politics, Theatre on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of Giuseppe Verdi are vivid images of the great composer as a boy and as a man.
The first picture shows the young Beppino.

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Little Beppino (Verdi's childhood nickname) enjoying the local brass band, a sound he often used in his great operas

The second picture shows Verdi the nationalist hero.

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Giuseppe Verdi by Tancredi Scarpelli

The third picture shows a cartoon from Vanity Fair.

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Giuseppe Verdi by Theobald Chartran

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The best pictures of the German Romantic opera, Der Freischutz

Posted in Best pictures, Famous Composers, Historical articles, History, Magic, Music, Superstition, Theatre on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of Der Freischutz are striking images of the most influential of early German Romantic operas.
The first picture shows Caspar and Samiel.

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"Der Freischutz", Act II, scene vi, Caspar and Samiel

The second picture shows the famous Wolf’s Glen scene at the Royal Italian Opera.

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Scene from "Der Freischutz" (The Wolf's Glen), at the Royal Italian Opera

The third picture shows Max’s accidental shooting Agathe.

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"Der Freischutz", Act III, scene v, Max Shoots Agathe

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