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.
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...
Every cloud has a silver lining, so the saying goes. Ours is that composers have been inspired by clouds with varying viewpoints. Read about their varying viewpoints: Debussy, Liszt, Richard Strauss, Janácek, Roussel, Edward MacDowell, and John Luther Adams.
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.
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.
F. Melius Christiansen wrote the music for this Danish poem titled "O Day Full of Grace." I love this song, its melody, and meaning. In fact, I want it sung at my funeral.
Some of the most soothing, sweet instrumental music you have ever heard is the piano music of Helen Jane Long. She is a British composer and accomplished pianist. Her interview is very telling.
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.
He played the piano flawlessley. He was one of my most accomplished pianists. But his music lacked something. How could I teach him about emotion and applying that emotion to his playing?