Classical Archives

William Alwyn
01/18/19
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...
Antonin Dvorak
01/17/19
About fifty years ago, Dvorak’s symphonies were reshuffled a bit and numbered the way we know now. In Dvorak’s time, his Symphony in D was originally...
Music Education
01/16/19
On this date in music history, the very first U.S. music school was established. The Boston Academy of Music was founded on this date, January 16th,...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 in f-sharp minor Op. 1
01/16/19
Believe it or not, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was actually a student work by the composer:  it was composed when he was just 18 years old....
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73
01/15/19
Johannes Brahms took quite a bit of time to compose his first symphony – nearly 20 years – so it may have been a shock when he churned out his second...
Reinhold Gliere
01/11/19
On this date in Kiev, Ukraine in 1875, Russian-Soviet composer Reinhold Gliere was born. And around town, for the next SILL’s Music Mondays, Soprano...
Ludwig van Beethoven
01/10/19
At the time of writing his Second Symphony, Beethoven had not yet transformed into the mythic, dramatic Romantic composer we know him as today… but...
Sherrill Milnes
01/10/19
On this date in 1935, the great American opera baritone Sherrill Milnes was born in Downers Grove, Illinois. His “Voice Experience” program continues...
Sergei Rachmaninoff
01/10/19
Perhaps one of Rachmaninoff’s most popular works, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is a work for solo piano featuring Paganini’s 24th Violin...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 “Coronation”
01/09/19
Mozart composed his 26th Piano Concerto around the same time he was writing dramatic operas such as The Marriage of Figaro and The Abduction from the...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
01/08/19
The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The...
Manuel De Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
01/07/19
Manuel De Falla composed his work for piano and orchestra, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, during the First World War, but the conception of the...
Isaac Albeniz: Iberia Suite
01/04/19
Iberia was originally a solo piano work by Isaac Albeniz that features a “wealth of imagery,” according to the composer’s French contemporaries. The...
Victor Herbert
01/01/19
Victor Herbert was not just a composer; he was also a world-class virtuoso cellist, and he composed two cello concertos for himself to perform. The...
Antonin Dvorak
12/17/18
The Symphony No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak holds a special status amongst the composer’s nine symphonies. Compared to its neighbors, the sixth and eighth...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
12/14/18
Though it’s no mystery that Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds is charming, there is quite a bit of mystery surrounding it. The main problem...
Jean Sibelius
12/13/18
In the early-part of the 20th Century, composers like Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok were doing pioneering work in forms outside...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
12/12/18
Mozart composed all five of his violin concertos in a matter of months – between April and December of 1775. Each one is longer and seems to be more...
Mark O’Connor
12/11/18
Mark O’Connor’s Americana Symphony is a work that evokes images of the American expansion westward while fusing O’Connor’s folk roots with the sounds...
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12/10/18
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Edouard Lalo
12/10/18
Although Edouard Lalo was a Frenchman, he was of Spanish descent: he’s most famous for his Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, and Spanish...
Ludwig van Beethoven
12/07/18
Beethoven wrote his Tenth String Quartet around the same time he was writing his Symphony No. 5 and the Les Adieux Piano Sonata, and while those two...
Vassili Kalinnikov
12/06/18
Vassili Kalinnikov composed his First Symphony shortly after resigning from his post as the second conductor of the Italian Opera in Moscow. He...
Ira Gershwin
12/06/18
On this date in music history, the brilliant lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City in 1896.  He’s the guy that brought us the words to S’...
Hector Berlioz
12/05/18
Two works by Berlioz had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1830, the Symphonie Fantastique had its first performance in Paris, with François-...