Classical Archives

Then & Now 9/22:  Jewish Themed Music
09/22/17
On this date in 1964, Jerry Bock’s musical "Fiddler On the Roof" opened on Broadway.  It would ran for 3,242 performances before closing. This Sunday...
Then & Now 9/21:  From Holst to Holt
09/22/17
On this date in 1874, English composer Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham. He was born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, and his early works were...
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat, Op. 99
09/21/17
Little is known about Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, except for the fact that in his life time, the first trio was overshadowed by its...
William Alwyn: Lyra Angelica
09/20/17
English composer William Alwyn was a bit of a Renaissance artist: not only was he a composer, he also wrote poetry and painted at an exceptional...
Then & Now 9/18: Discover the Flute!
09/20/17
On this date in 1954, Virgil Thomson’s Concerto for flute, strings and percussion, had its premiere in Venice. You can hear a concert featuring the...
Then & Now 9/20: Music From London
09/20/17
On this date in 1930, the first public performance of Elgar’s "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 5 took place at Queen's Hall in London, with Sir...
Then & Now 9/19: Romance of the Cello
09/20/17
On this date in 1894, the Brahms two Clarinet Sonatas were premiered at a private performance in the home of the sister of the Duke of Meiningen with...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
09/19/17
When the 29-year-old Beethoven composed and published his First Symphony, many listened on, oblivious to how the composer would soon transform the...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 16 in D, K. 451
09/18/17
Mozart’s time in Vienna kept him busy with concerts, commissions, and teaching engagements, and naturally all of this and more made him the local...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b “Unfinished”
09/18/17
There are traces of what might have been the finished Symphony No. 8 in other works by Franz Schubert. For example, there’s some incidental music...
09/14/17
Hurricane Irma has left the state. Now, the cleanup begins. From downed tree limbs to damaged household items like appliances and furniture. Every...
09/14/17
Eight out of every 10 homes in Polk County were without power in the aftermath of Irma, whose eye swirled directly over the western part of the...
09/13/17
Many Tampa Bay-area public school districts are not resuming classes until next week, as they assess damage from Hurricane Irma. Learn more.
Antonin Dvorak: Moravian Duets
09/07/17
Today is the birth anniversary of Antonin Dvorak and we are celebrating with the Moravian Duets. The Moravian Duets actually consist of 23 songs...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Op. 83
09/07/17
In his own words, Brahms described his Second Piano concerto as “very small,” featuring a “very small and pretty scherzo.” “Very small” is a bit off...
Richard Strauss: In Italy Symphonic Fantasy
09/05/17
Richard Strauss’s symphonic fantasy In Italy was a first important step towards the tone poem, a genre of orchestral writing that the composer would...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in a Op. 44
09/05/17
Sergei Rachmaninoff was a quintessential pianist-composer, and because of that his concert works that did not involve piano often flew under the...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
09/01/17
On this date in 1785, Mozart dedicated his six latest string quartets to his friend and older colleague, Franz Joseph Haydn. Earlier that year, Haydn...
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in a Op. 129
08/31/17
Part of the reason Robert Schumann became a composer was because he permanently damaged two of the fingers on his right hand at an early age, which...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c Op. 68
08/31/17
For Johannes Brahms, the symphony was the ultimate test of a composer’s abilities and the most suitable way of creating a legacy. And at one point...
Kurt Weill
08/31/17
On this date in 1928, Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera" had its premiere in Berlin. "The Three Penny Opera" was a huge success, and was being...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C Op. 56
08/29/17
What’s ironic about Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is that it isn’t actually a concerto at all: no real dialogue occurs between the orchestra and...
John Cage
08/29/17
On this date in 1952, “Water Music” by John Cage had its premiere at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York.  "Water Music," is written for...
John Cage
08/29/17
On this date in 1952, “Water Music” by John Cage had its premiere at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York.  "Water Music," is written for...
Charles Ives: Symphony No. 1
08/28/17
American Composer Charles Ives did not spend his career composing music on commission – he spent his career as an insurance salesman. That’s probably...