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Pain, Pleasure and Purcell: Why a Ground Bass Hurts So Good

color photograph of a marble spiral staircase with black wrought-iron railing around it
How Henry Purcell transformed cycles of desire and pain into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.
10:00AM
July
30, 2014

From the circular ground bass patterns of Baroque music, to the Guggenheim Museum’s sloping, spiraling floors, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick explains how Henry Purcell transformed pain into pleasure – and into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.

Frank Lloyd Wright Opera’s Tells a Sordid Tale

Frank Lloyd Wright
To history, Wright's is a story that no matter how often repeated never seems to make sense.
3:35PM
May
13, 2009

The world-premiere recording of Daron Hagen’s opera Shinig Brow, about the most sordid and tragic episode in architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s life, takes us–once again–to the dark place in all of us.