Classical Archives

Then & Now 10/5: NY Philharmonic
10/05/18
On this date in 1930, The New York Philharmonic began its series of weekly Sunday afternoon national broadcasts with a program from Carnegie Hall...
Richard Strauss
10/05/18
After World War I, Richard Strauss turned to the music of Francois Couperin for inspiration. Couperin, in his lifetime, composed more than 300 short...
Then & Now: Martha Graham
10/04/18
On this date in 1945. Aaron Copland's orchestral suite from his ballet "Appalachian Spring" had its premiere at Carnegie Hall given by the New York...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
10/04/18
The Jupiter Symphony is the largest and most complex symphony Mozart composed, completed in 1788. The symphony is characterized by its good humor,...
10/03/18
At the start of 1791, when Franz Joseph Haydn arrived in England, he was already the most famous composer in Europe, and had been for a few years. It...
Then & Now 9/24: Football and our National Anthem
09/25/18
On this date in 1947, German-born composer Hanns Eisler was questioned about his former membership in the Communist Party by the House Committee on...
Beethoven
09/21/18
Beethoven composed his Septet in E-flat in 1799 and the work encapsulates all of the musical entertainments of that century – it sits in the...
Carl Nielsen
09/20/18
Danish composer Carl Nielsen believed that music was life – and his Symphony No. 4 is a musical manifesto to that belief. It was composed between...
Then & Now 9/19: House Music
09/19/18
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...
Alexander Glazunov
09/19/18
Alexander Glazunov was quite confident at the age of 25, and for good reason: it was going on a decade since the successful premiere of his First...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
09/18/18
Tchaikovsky was pretty busy during the autumn of 1880. He was working on two pieces back-to-back, and to the composer, they were total opposites. One...
Anton Bruckner
09/17/18
The Ninth – and final – Symphony by Anton Bruckner was left incomplete by the composer; when Bruckner died, three movements were finished. The fourth...
Alexander Glazunov
09/14/18
Imagine this: beginning composition lessons with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov when you’re 14… writing your first symphony at the age of 15… and watching...
Richard Strauss
09/13/18
Richard Strauss’s tone poem Death and Transfiguration is a departure from his previous tone poems in a variety of ways. In this one, Strauss creates...
Johannes Brahms
09/12/18
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...
Gabriel Faure
09/11/18
On the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we are remembering  the victims and honoring the heroes with the Requiem by Gabriel Faure. Faure...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
09/10/18
In the mid-1780s, the majority of Mozart’s income was actually generated by performing as a pianist, not composing. That isn’t to say he wasn’t...
Then & Now 9/10: Peter Maxwell Davies
09/10/18
On this date in 1989, Peter Maxwell Davies' Symphony No. 4 had its premiere in London's Royal Albert Hall, performed by the Scottish Chamber...
Carl Goldmark
09/07/18
Completed in 1888, Carl Goldmark’s Rustic Wedding Symphony is not your usual 19th century symphony. It’s in five movements, not four, and none of...
Then & Now 9/5: "Turandot"
09/06/18
On this date in 1964, the La Scala Opera began a month-long residency at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow with a performance of Puccini's "Turandot". La...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
09/06/18
Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, or the “Little Russian” as it has come to be known as, is the shortest of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. However, its...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
09/05/18
Mozart completed his only clarinet concerto just two months prior to his death and it has become one of the most enduring works in the solo clarinet...
Sergei Rachmaninoff
09/04/18
Composed at the turn of the 20th century, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is often described as the greatest piano concerto of all time. There’s...
Then & Now 8/29: John Cage
08/31/18
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...
Ludwig van Beethoven
08/31/18
There may not be a classical masterwork more iconic than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. But it took a while for the piece to reach its current status....