Classical Archives

Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
07/13/18
Folk music is often regarded as the heart of a nation's identity, and for Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, folk music became a mission. He traveled...
Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C
07/12/18
Georges Bizet composed his First Symphony at the age of seventeen, and although the work enjoys regular performances today, the composer didn't do...
Franz Schubert: Guitar Quartet in G
07/10/18
As a teenager, Franz Schubert began to play guitar, and he later spent time playing guitar with Italian guitarist and composer Mauro Giuliani. So, in...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C K 425 “Linz”
07/09/18
We, of course, know that Mozart was a remarkable composer, but this evening’s masterwork was a remarkable feat for even Mozart. It’s his Symphony No...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E flat
07/05/18
As Franz Joseph Haydn was approaching the age of 60, he accepted an offer to compose an opera, half a dozen symphonies, and other works to be...
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
07/04/18
On this Independence Day's Evening Masterwork, we are celebrating with the music of American Composer Aaron Copland and his Appalachian Spring. The...
Antonin Dvorak: Legends Op. 59
07/03/18
Dvorak’s piece, “Legends,” was originally composed as a suite of ten short pieces for four-hand piano, and was conceived around the same time Dvorak...
Sunday Baroque 7/1: Independence Day
06/30/18
Hour 1: How are you celebrating the Independence Day holiday? Whether it’s a parade, fireworks, or a picnic, Sunday Baroque is featuring music with...
Los Angeles Philharmonic: James Conlon - Conductor
06/29/18
James Conlon - Conductor James McVinnie - Organ  [Photo: flickr/pahudson/15505087032] The Los Angeles Philharmonic premieres a brand-new work...
06/28/18
On this date in 1916, Paul Hindemith’s Cello Concerto had its first performance given by the Frankfurt Conservatory Orchestra, with the composer...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A K 219
06/27/18
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...
Then & Now 6/27:  It's Windy!
06/27/18
In the 1940’s, Schoenberg’s publisher asked him to write a piece for high school or amateur wind band. The only other specific request was that the...
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Op. 47
06/26/18
The year 1842 was a year of chamber music for Robert Schumann: he completed three string quartets, a piano trio, a piano quartet, and a piano quintet...
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
06/26/18
When Richard Strauss composed his tone poem Don Quixote, subtitled Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, he intended for it to be a...
Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B-flat Op. 20
06/25/18
Towards the end of the 19th century, French composers were churning out symphonies: the “Organ” symphony by Saint-Saens, the Symphony in g-minor by...
Mozart: The Adagio and Allegro in f minor
06/22/18
Today’s Midday Mozart has a curious history.  The Adagio and Allegro in f minor was catalogued as being written for an organ and a clock.  But that...
Then & Now 6/22:  Why Music?  No.  yMusic!
06/22/18
On this date in 1871, Wagner’s "Kaiser March" had its American premiere at a Theodore Thomas Orchestra concert at Central Park Garden in New York...
Then & Now 6/21:  Now This is Just Gross!
06/22/18
On this date in 1980, Peter Maxwell Davies "Farwell to Stromness" had its premiere at the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney, performed by the composer...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat K 543
06/20/18
Mozart’s final two symphonies, the 40th and 41st, receive quite a bit of attention, but those two are actually part of a trio of the composer’s last...
Vassili Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 2 in A
06/19/18
The story of Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov is a tragically short one, not unlike the story of many artists throughout the ages. He lived a...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K 581
06/18/18
No one is sure why Mozart was tasked to compose his Clarinet Quintet in A, though it was first premiered at the end of 1789 at a benefit concert for...
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
06/18/18
Arnold Schoenberg is perhaps best known for his revolutionary twelve-tone technique, a systematic approach to composition that utilized all 12 notes...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 “Coronation”
06/14/18
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...
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C Op. 163
06/13/18
The String Quintet in C by Franz Schubert was composed in the final weeks of his life. It’s rather unique in that rather than writing for a string...
Then & Now 6/12: King of Prussia
06/12/18
It was on this date on June 12th, 1733 that the King of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great, married Duchess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-...