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Maud Allan

November 30, 2010

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Known as the Salome Dancer, Maud Allan's dancing career was ruined by a libel suit. She ended up settling down with her lover, Verna Aldwich, and teaching dance to children.

Johann Rosenmüller

November 26, 2010

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Arrested for sodomy in Germany, composer Johann Rosenmüller escaped and ended up in Venice, where his music in the Italian style made its way back to Germany and greatly influenced other composers.

Mit Verlangen

November 21, 2010

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The giant of baroque religious music, J.S. Bach's musical justification of his style of composing is the cantata Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan. It includes as its centerpiece the homoerotic aria "Mit Verlangen."

IM Interview with Andrew Patner

November 7, 2010

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Chicago Sun-Times and WFMT radio classical music critic Andrew Patner talks about singing in children's choirs and the importance of seeing the famous double portrait of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears when he was 12.

Dmitri Mitropoulos

November 2, 2010

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Greek-American conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1951-1957. He was succeeded by his protege Leonard Bernstein, with whom he had an affair.

Karol Szymanowski

October 30, 2010

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Karol Szymanowski was the greatest Polish composer of the first half of the 20th century. The love of his life, Boris Kochno, left him for Dhiagilev.

Bi Yuan and Li Guiguan

October 26, 2010

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The model for China's first gay novel, the real-life 18th century Bi Yuan and Li Guiguan were a gay couple long remembered for their fidelity.