The Neglected


A Classical Music Blog about music both ~ NEW & OLD ~

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Italian Trecento is an often overlooked period in Western Music history, marked as the transition between the artistic pinnacle of Medieval music with Guillaume de Machaut and the genesis of Renaissance music with the Burgundian School's adoption of the contenance angloise in the early 15th century. The Trecento, however, persists as a period essential to the cultural and social changes that Europe underwent during the early modern era. Not merely transitory, the Trecento, with its societal tribulations during the Black Death and Papal Schism, fostered a climate of pseudo-secularism that w...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thirty miles west of the bustling Spanish metropolis, Barcelona, nestled in the craggy serrations of the multi-peaked mountain range Montserrat is Catalonia’s most important religious pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages, the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat (“St. Mary of the Serrated Mountain”). Starting in the 11th century and continuing through the late Middle Ages, Montserrat became a significant pilgrimage site for devotion to the Virgin Mary. Intriguingly, music has consistently maintained a central role in these pilgrimage activities beginning with the founding in the 12t...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

"Early music" is a field of listening that many do not follow, even the most avid of classical music lovers. There are many opinions as to what time this label actually encompasses, but I propose it begins as far back as notated music in the West and ends before Palestrina (c. 1525 – 2 February 1594). Many would disagree, saying that early music ends around 1600 with the invention of opera by Jacopo Peri and Claudio Monteverdi, but Palestrina and the late 16th century has entered into so much of mainstream "classical" listening, that this music has lost most of its "early" edge for my taste. T...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Biography: Early Caree

Schroeder grew up in a Catholic household with musical parents. When he was eleven he began receiving piano and organ lessons. For what we might today consider his undergraduate studies, Schroeder studied theology at the seminary of the Jesuits Canisianum in Innsbruck from 1923 to 1926, earning a degree in philosophy and musicology. From 1926 to 1930 he studied sacred music at the Cologne Musikhochschule. During this time, he was heavily influenced by his composition teachers, Heinrich Lemacher and Walter Braunfels. (Lück, n.pag.) After completing his studies in 1930, Sch...

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