LauraLibbyMcCall’s Blog of Random Musings

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Upcoming projects Fall 2020!

This COVID thing has really put a damper on the performing arts. I had 3 performances cancelled last Spring and it looks like performances I had been looking forward to for the Fall/Winter will also not be happening. It’s so heart breaking. However, I know I’ve always been shy about sharing my music and with…

RoboCopera

A few months back, my good friend Hannah and I watched the 2001 MTV movie, “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” starring Beyonce. It was such a fascinating train wreck. My favorite moment was when the character Blaze spells out his name in a song while what sounds like Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy is Mine” plays…

The Kalevala

            In 1835, Finnish physician and philologist Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884) published the first version of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala. This collection contains stories based on authentic Finnish mythology and folklore texts sung by rune singers.[1] The Kalevala had a profound impact on Finnish Nationalism during a time Finland sought to build a national identity.[2] Characters and stories from this work…

Jean Sibelius (1865-1857): Opera and the Kalevala

            Recognized as Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius’ compositions ranged from symphonic works, concertos, string quartets, to art song. With over 100 art songs, the majority of Sibelius’s works for solo voice were set in Swedish with poems by famous poets including Runeberg, Rydberg, and Fröding. Despite the breadth of his vocal compositions, today the most…

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