Like most Spanish maestros de capilla, Puebla, Mexico, Padilla composed a great number of chanzonetas or villancicos. These charming and melodious works encompass exquisite charm and refined elegance to unabashed humour; they are frequently framed with dance rhythms, often in a characteristic uneven triple time with abundant syncopation. All the words in this gender have melodic instrumental lines and accompaniments with great variety of possibilites: from a solo voice to a full choir.
The instruments were characteristic of Renaissence music: recorders, dulzian, shawms, cornets, voils, organ, crumhorns, etc. In Mexico, villancicos achieved such popularity that they were published even when paper was very scarce, and important works such as some writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz could not be printed.
Styx was the perfect blend of soft ballads and hard rock tunes. "The Grand Illusion" would catapult them to multi-platinum superstar status. The album produced two huge hits with "Fooling Yourself" and "Come Sail Away" the centerpiece of the entire Styx catalog. Reaching number six on the Billboard charts, this crisply produced seventh studio album contains all of the elements that made Styx what they were - the unquestioned mastery of their musical instruments, their remarkable vocals and their ethereal lyrics and arrangements. This excellent combination of pop and art-rock was the first to display the gelled accomplishments of both Dennis De Young and Tommy Shaw as a tandem and Shaw's guitar work, along with James Young's, is full and extremely sharp.
An album of trombone and piano music pairing Jean-Michel Defaye's 6 "In the Manner of…" pieces with works by the honored historical composers: Vivaldi, Bach, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy and Stravinsky.
Presenting radio with one of the best rock ballads ever, Cornerstone gave Chicago's Styx their big break with the number one single "Babe," which held that spot for two weeks in October of 1979. "Babe" is a smooth, keyboard-pampered love song that finally credited Dennis De Young's textured vocals…