Eastern European Composers of Classical Music - Biographies and videos to showcase the music of Chopin, Liszt, and other famous composers from history.
This is an article that explains the mechanics of sonata form, a structural device frequently used in classical music. Understanding sonata form can improve the listeners appreciation and knowledge of classical music.
Some of us are sun worshippers, others like to retreat to the shade. Whichever camp you're in why not read how classical composers have been influenced by the sun in their compositions: Neilson, Haydn, Richard Strauss, Terry Riley, Janacek, Andrei Krylov, Ola Gjeilo, and Ferde Grofé.
There is an association of romanticism attached to rivers, tapped into by composers who have drawn their inspiration from them, great and small. Read about Mussorgsky, Johann Strauss II, Delius, Shostakovich, Smetena, Constant Lambert and Verdi who used rivers as their musical springboard.
Man has observed the solar system since the dawn of time. Read how composers have been inspired by the planets: Holst, Gorecki, Penderecki, Philip Glass, Mozart, Haydn, Allen Vizzutti, Alan Hovhaness, Lord Berners, and Lars Graugaard.
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
Mozart's final symphony, Jupiter, was a symphony that opened doors for future composers of symphonic music. Inspired by composers like Bach and Handel, Mozart incorporates polyphonic ideas as he shifts the emotional weight of the symphony towards the final movement of the symphony.
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 been developing in Beethoven's mind for over 31 years before it was first...
Witches have been a source of fascination for centuries. Read about how composers have been inspired by witches: Berlioz, Gounod, Mussorgsky,Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Purcell, Verdi, Engelbert Humperdinck, Arrigo Boito, and Edward MacDowell.
Is beauty possible after the horrors of Auschwitz? Is it barbaric to create art after the massacres and genocides of the 20th Century? This essay explores some of these issues by looking at the art of composer Henryk Gorecki