Strozzi vs. Jacquet de la Guerre: Baroque Composer War, Battle 2

Written by Stephen J. TrygarCover Photo by Tom Podmore on Unsplash Barbara Strozzi (formerly Barbara Valle) spent her childhood in the Venetian home of Giulio Strozzi with her mother, Isabella Garzoni. Although there is a significant amount of controversy surrounding the idea that Giulio Strozzi was her father, it is confirmed that Barbara’s mother was his servant. An…

Romantic Composer War: Battle 1

Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel Claude Debussy was born on August 22nd, 1862 in St Germaine-en-Laye to a family of modest means and little cultural involvement. Debussy displayed enough musical talent to be admitted into the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of ten. At the Concervatoire, he began studying piano with Antoine François Marmontel,…

Classical Composer War: Battle 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart vs. Franz Joseph Haydn Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. At an early age, he displayed prodigious musical abilities, and by the age of five he had already begun composing. His father, Leopold Mozart, an accomplished musician himself, managed concert tours for the young Wolfgang and…