Category Archives: Classical Music and Performers
One of the best-known works in the string repertoire is Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This piece has received thousands of performances worldwide since its first performance in 1881 and has been recorded hundreds of times. But what few people know is … Continue reading
Sometimes pieces of music are meant to entertain an audience. Sometimes they are meant to celebrate an occasion or welcome dignitaries to an event. Sometimes music is written just to get people’s attention. And sometimes a piece of music is … Continue reading
Some works in the history of music have clear stories that relate to their composition. Mozart’s Requiem and his final illness and death, Beethoven’s anger at Napoleon and the Eroica (Third) Symphony, and Dvorak’s time spent in Iowa and his … Continue reading
Julie Albers has led a remarkable life as a cellist, having performed around the world by the time she was just 21. And all of this started in small town of Longmont, Colorado. The Albers family was quite musical, so … Continue reading
In all large cities, there are places to escape the hustle and bustle. In Vienna, one of the quietest sites is St. Marx Cemetery. As you enter the gates that are more than two centuries old, you’ll walk up a … Continue reading
The movie Amadeus made Mozart a household name. It did more to bring his music into everyday life than a thousand concerts and compact disks. Peter Shaffer’s screenplay is an inspired piece of storytelling. It tells of how Antonio Salieri … Continue reading
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