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Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, French poet whose writing was dismissed as decadent, and who then embraced that term, as did the contra-conventional writers and artists who called after him.  (Photo by Nadar)

Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, French poet whose writing was dismissed as decadent, and who then embraced that term, as did the contra-conventional writers and artists who called after him. (Photo by Nadar)

Baudelaire

April 1821 – August was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers o

Tom Waits singer/songwriter. Blues, jazz.

Tom Waits Composer “Apparently the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad - ideally naked and purring on the hood of a new car. I have adamantly and repeatedly refused this dubious honor.

Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Tamagno Photographic Print

Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Tamagno Photographic Print

Maestro Friedrich Gulda: a virtuoso of piano, both in the fields of Classical Music and Jazz

Maestro Friedrich Gulda: a virtuoso of piano, in both Classical Music & Jazz

Friedrich Gulda is perceived as one of the twentieth century’s outstanding pianists. His unorthodox styles of mixing jazz and classical earned him the nickname of “terrorist pianist”. Cementing his nickname, Gulda faked his death in 1999, and reigned as enfant terrible among pianists. Gulda also expressed a wish to die on his hero, Mozart’s, birthday. On January 27, 2000, he did just that.

Friedrich Gulda is perceived as one of the twentieth century’s outstanding pianists. His unorthodox styles of mixing jazz and classical earned him the nickname of “terrorist pianist”. Cementing his nickname, Gulda faked his death in 1999, and reigned as enfant terrible among pianists. Gulda also expressed a wish to die on his hero, Mozart’s, birthday. On January 27, 2000, he did just that.