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French duellist and opera singer Julie d'Aubigny (1670–1707). Anonymous print.
Alan Westby, June 28, 2017

LGBT Pride Month gives us an opportunity to discover a fascinating character from the early days of French opera.


The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema
Alan Westby, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru


Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)
Alan Westby, March 28, 2017

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is widely recognized both as the most important American woman composer of the Twentieth Century, and as a major figure in the study and preservation of American folk music.


Scott Joplin
Alan Westby, February 21, 2017

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the death, at the age of 49, of Scott Joplin, one of America's first great composers, and the composer of arguably the first important American opera: Treemonisha.


Vi Ha, August 14, 2015

Not to show my age, but I recently put  together a mixtape after a decade long hiatus.


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