Classical Archives

From the BBC Proms: Stephen Hough - Piano
08/18/17
BBC Philharmonic Mark Wigglesworth - Conductor Stephen Hough - Piano [Photo: Andrew Crowley/Courtesy of the artist] We're at the BBC Proms with one...
JoAnn Tomer Wins Trip to Tuscany
08/16/17
During the WSMR Spring Campaign participants were entered into a drawing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, to be VIP guests at the classical...
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Op. 22
08/16/17
The serenade, as a genre, can sometimes lead to disappointing pieces: compositions often produced by composers still figuring things out creatively....
Johannes Nepomuk Maelzel
08/15/17
On this date in 1772, the German Inventor Johannes Nepomuk Maelzel, was born in Regensburg. Maelzel is credited with the creation of the metronome,...
Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1
08/15/17
Robert Schumann was a quintessential composer of the Romantic period, and his three piano trios may as well be regarded as quintessential trios of...
08/14/17
While Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is dark and driven, the Symphony No. 6 is like walking down the sunnier side of the same street. He did most of the...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
08/11/17
The sinfonia concertante is an interesting genre that was popular mostly at the end of the 18th Century, heading into the 19th Century. It’s a type...
Mark O'Connor
08/11/17
On this date in 2003, Mark O'Connor’s Violin Concerto No. 6 called "Old Brass" had its premiere at an evening BBC Proms concert at Royal Albert Hall...
08/10/17
On this date in 1895, the late-summer "Promenade" Concerts" (better known as "The Proms") were launched in London by Sir Henry Wood and Robert Newman...
Sir Henry Wood
08/10/17
On this date in 1895, the late-summer "Promenade" Concerts" (better known as "The Proms") were launched in London by Sir Henry Wood and Robert Newman...
08/10/17
The year 1816 was a busy time for the 19-year old Franz Schubert. He was highly productive, writing about 125 songs, and then over 50 works for...
08/09/17
Felix Mendelssohn completed his Violin Concerto in 1844, and to this day it is one of the most frequently performed of all violin concerti. The work...
Ludwig Van Beethoven
08/09/17
On this date in 1781, Austrian composer, violinist, and conductor Michael Umlauff, was born in Vienna. He conducted the premiere of Beethoven's Ninth...
Jaromir Weinberger
08/08/17
On this date in 1967, St. Petersburgh resident and Czech-born composer Jaromir Weinberger committed suicide at the age of 71.  Weinberger settled in...
Felix Mendelssohn
08/07/17
On this date in 1829, Mendelssohn visited Fingal's Cave in the Hebrides Islands west of Scotland’s coast and started composing the 'Hebrides'...
08/04/17
The Florida Suite by Frederick Delius was inspired by the experiences he had after managing an orange grove in Florida.  The music includes images of...
Perlman Music Program
08/04/17
On this date in 1972, a concerto for amplified violin and orchestra, by American composer Charles Wuorinen at the Tanglewood Festival by violinist...
Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
08/02/17
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...
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14
08/02/17
Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique is perhaps his best known work, a revolutionary masterpiece that served as a breakthrough in the composer’s...
Edward Elgar
08/02/17
Several works had premieres on this date, all on the same concert!  In 1990, David Matthews: Romanza for cello and small orchestra with Mstislav...
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
08/01/17
On this date in 1993, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra had its premiere at the Bravo! Music Festival in Vail, Colo., by...
Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C
07/31/17
Georges Bizet composed his First Symphony at the age of seventeen, and although the work enjoys regular performances today, the composer didn’t do...
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
07/31/17
It’s fitting that the only large-scale orchestral work Edvard Grieg composed was his Piano Concerto, which he composed at age of 25. The piano...
John Philip Sousa
07/31/17
On this date in 1892, John Philip Sousa ended his 12-year tenure with the Marine Band, one of the finest touring ensembles of the day. According to...
Antonio Vivaldi
07/28/17
On this date in 1741, the burial of Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi took place in Vienna.  Vivaldi’s funeral service was held in St....