Classical Archives

Nikolai Miaskovsky
11/05/18
The Violin Concerto in d-minor was the first concerto that Nikolai Miaskovsky composed. This was in 1938, and the composer had finished this work...
Vienna State Opera
11/05/18
Just two months before Victory in Europe day in 1945, the U.S. Army Air Force bombed the Vienna State Opera to rubble. It took ten years to rebuild. ...
Felix Mendelssohn
11/02/18
Felix Mendelssohn composed his Octet in E-flat when he was only 16 years old, a work that is at times symphonic, and other times intimate. One way of...
Hector Berlioz
10/31/18
We are getting spooky this evening for Halloween starting at 6 PM with the perfect musical accompaniment to your trick-or-treating: favorites like...
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
10/30/18
The story goes that when Erich Korngold was a young boy, his father showed his first compositions to Gustav Mahler – who responded to the young...
Sarasota Opera
10/29/18
Two well-known operas had their premiers on today’s date.  In 1787, Mozart’s "Don Giovanni'," had its first performance in Prague, and then in 1837,...
Charles Ives
10/29/18
American Composer Charles Ives did not spend his career composing music on commission – he spent his career as an insurance salesman. That’s probably...
Nashville Symphony
10/28/18
This week on SymphonyCast, you’ll hear a brooding masterpiece from the Soviet era - Augustin Hadelich teams up with the Nashville Symphony for a...
Ludwig van Beethoven
10/26/18
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, whether he wanted it to or not, pushed the envelope forward in the world of Western Classical Music. Wagner once argued...
Robert Schumann
10/24/18
Robert Schumann suffered all kinds of ailments throughout his lifetime – auditory hallucinations, depression, and even bipolar disorder. But in 1845...
Franz Schubert
10/23/18
Franz Schubert has two symphonies in the key of C-Major… his final symphony, the 9th , the “Great” C-major symphony, and the sixth, which is now...
Max Bruch
10/22/18
When you think about concert music based off of Scottish fiddle tunes, you probably wouldn’t think that one of the best known pieces using those...
Beethoven
10/19/18
Tonight on Classical WSMR, we’ll feature the only work Beethoven ever wrote for more than one solo instrument. His “Triple Concerto” for Violin,...
Carl Maria von Weber
10/18/18
The German Clarinet virtuoso, Heinrich Baermann inspired several works in the Classical realm. The composers who wrote with him in mind include...
Alexander Zemlinsky
10/17/18
In 1939, Alexander Zemlinsky was fleeing from the Nazis and took two pieces of his symphonic tone poem, The Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian...
Pepe Romero
10/16/18
Superstar Classical Guitarist Pepe Romero will return to the WSMR studios this week for a live performance!  Join Bethany Cagle and the world...
Aaron Copland
10/16/18
Two of Aaron Copland’s ballets premiered on today’s date.  In 1938, "Billy the Kid," was performed in Chicago by the Ballet Caravan Company, with...
Saint-Saens
10/16/18
The Symphony number three, which features a famous organ solo, was to be the final symphony penned by Saint-Saens.  It was commissioned by The London...
Beethoven
10/15/18
Like several of Beethoven’s works, the opus 104 String Quintet was a rearrangement of an earlier composition. But in this case, it wasn’t Beethoven...
Ralph Vaughan Williams
10/12/18
On this date in musical history, English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in 1872 in Down Ampney, England, a village in Gloucestershire....
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
10/12/18
Mozart composed three piano concertos in 1785, the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and often the last of those is eclipsed by the first two. This may be...
Happy Birthday Jerome Robbins
10/11/18
The great American choreographer Jerome Robbins was born on this date in 1918 in New York City. And around town tonight, you can see the musical ...
Johannes Brahms
10/10/18
The Third Piano Concerto by Brahms went through several transformations over the course of the nearly 20 years it took the composer to complete it....
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...
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...