The Story of the Rossini Crescendo

“Give me the laundress’ bill and I will even set that to music.” – Gioachino Antonio Rossini

Among the many composers and musicians who have left their infallible mark in music, the Rossini crescendo (or Rossini Rocket) has certainly left its mark. This particular sound was originally created by several musical devices, playing together to create a natural crescendo in the music. The Rossini Rocket is a true homage to its creator and remains representative of the temperament of Italian music and culture. Read more

Viva Virtuoso Favorites: From Gershwin to Ghostbusters

It’s been almost a year since we began production of the Viva Virtuoso show. The first episode, featuring soprano Candace Bogan, first aired on October 5th, 2017, and we’ve since created another four fun-filled, eclectic episodes with some amazing artists that we continue to learn from.

In the meantime, we’ve worked out most of the kinks, having experienced various technical glitches that we hope no one noticed, and we will soon be preparing for production of our second season. Though we still have a few episodes to go in this first season, we’ve recently been looking over everything we’ve created so far. Read more

Henry Mancini – The Man Who Brought Movies to Life with Music

Our latest episode of Viva Virtuoso was made unforgettable (there’s an Easter egg there for all you Nat King Cole fans) by sax master Chazzy Green. Out of almost three hours of phenomenal footage, we managed to cut the episode down to a full hour. The episode is live on our official YouTube channel, to which you should absolutely subscribe if you’d like to be notified when we release some of the bonus footage from the shoot. Read more

Viva Virtuoso Presents ‘Sax on the Beach’ with Chazzy Green

Musicians like Charles “Chazzy” Green (and getting the chance to play with them) are the reason this show was created.

In this new episode of Viva Virtuoso, great mid-century music takes center stage, but the conversation with Chazzy throughout the show and his soulful, vibrant personality are just as essential to the experience as his beloved saxophone.

Watch the full show here or on YouTube – and don’t forget to subscribe to our official YouTube channel for a couple of upcoming bonus tracks with Chazzy.

The Devil’s Violinist and His One String

Nineteenth century composer and violinist Niccolò Paganini remains one of the most influential composers and musicians in history. Paganini was more ‘fondly’ known as the ‘Devil’s violinist’, for both his uniquely brilliant skills and his appearance. Read more

‘Maybe I Can Sing’: Remembering the Voice of Anita O’Day

When we hear mention of the great female vocals of jazz, most will tend to think of Ella Fitzgerald and the great Lady Bird herself. Less frequently, we think of Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughn. The true aficionado will have their own favorite great lady of jazz come to mind. One of our favorites is the oft forgotten Anita O’Day. Read more