Beethoven's 9th Symphony has been regarded as one of the finest musical compositions ever written. Over 180 years after its premiere it is still widely admired and critically acclaimed. The musical ideas in it had...
Eleven classical composers who died in unusual or mysterious ways. How did they die, and what was unusual about it?
Famous Russian Composers of Classical Music - Historical biographies and videos to showcase the music of Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and others.
Using a combination of written program notes and explanatory videos that include musical examples, this article prepares the reader to listen to a performance of Ravel’s “Oiseaux Tristes” with informed...
This article examines the five most famous opera composers of all times: Mozart, Rossini, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini. Included, youtube recordings of some of the most famoust opera music ever written
Composers inspired by the sea. Britten, Wagner, Debussy, Elgar, Delius, Ravel, Alkan and Mendelssohn all wrote with the sea in mind amid storms, calm seas, the waves and from the sea shore.
Gustav Holst is best remembered for his orchestral suite The Planets - a spectacularly colorful work that has enthralled generations of listeners.
Tchaikovsky‘s words in a letter to Nadezhda von Meck: “… you will find this to be an echo of your most intimate thoughts and emotions.”
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina has often in legend been posthumously declared the savior of Western music. This article looks into the validity of this claim, and how the legend spread and overshadowed Palestrina's...
The world is celebrating 200 years since the birth of Chopin, and every concert hall, radio station and classical cd store is full to the brim with his music. So, what is it that gives Chopin’s piano music its...
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