Classical Archives

Vaughn Williams Symphony No. 5
06/30/17
The Vaughn Williams Symphony No. 5 contains fragments from an opera he was working on at the time called The Pilgrim's Progress. The composer was...
Houston Symphony: Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor
06/30/17
Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor Robin Kesselman - Double bass It's a toe-tapping extravaganza with the Houston Symphony - we dare you to keep from...
Esa-Pekka Salonen
06/30/17
On this date in 1958, the famous Finnish composer and conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, was born in Helsinki. And just yesterday, another well-known...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D “Coronation”
06/29/17
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...
Joan Tower
06/29/17
On this date in 1985, Joan Tower’s "Island Rhythms" had its premiere right here in Tampa!  It was commissioned for the opening of Harbour Island. ...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Op. 48
06/28/17
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...
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in b
06/28/17
It took Alexander Borodin nearly 8 years to complete his Second Symphony, and even after its premiere in 1877, the composer had to revise it because...
Alan Hovhaness
06/28/17
On this date in 1959, Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 4 for wind band, had its premiere in Pittsburgh. If you love wind band music you’ll want to catch...
Dave Brubeck
06/27/17
On this date in 1985, Dave Brubeck’s dramatic scene "Voice of the Holy Spirit (Tongues of Fire)," had its premiere at the National Association of...
Mozart’s “Prague” symphony
06/26/17
The popularity of composers waxes and wanes and that was the case with Mozart, too.  During his lifetime, demand for his work rose and fell, but the...
Robert Kapilow
06/26/17
On this date in 2000, Robert Kapilow’s DC Monuments, had its premiere performed by the National Symphony.  Kapilow wanted an appropriate topic for a...
Howard Hanson: Symphony No.2
06/24/17
A symphony by the American composer Howard Hanson that was written in honor of the Boston Symphony’s 50th anniversary in 1930. A work that is “young...
Stravinsky: Petrushka
06/23/17
Saturday night’s Masterwork features the music Stravinsky wrote for his ballet Petrushka.  It’s the story of the loves and jealousies of three...
David Ward-Steinman
06/23/17
On this date in 1972, the premiere of David Ward-Steinman’s "Sonata for Piano Fortified," was given by Gary Wolf at the University of South Florida,...
Edvard Grieg: Symphony in c-minor
06/22/17
Edvard Grieg composed his Symphony in c-minor at the age of 20, and you may recognize some of the melodies in the second and third movements from his...
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
06/22/17
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...
Philip Glass
06/22/17
On this date in 1994, Philip Glass’ opera Beauty and the Beast had its premiere given by the Philip Glass Ensemble in Italy. And that story about...
yMusic
06/22/17
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...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D “Clock”
06/20/17
This evening’s masterwork is Haydn’s 101st Symphony, nicknamed the “Clock” symphony. As is normally the case, the nickname did not come from the...
Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 4 in e-minor Op. 90 “Dumky”
06/20/17
 Folk music, or at least folk-like style, is a focal point in much of the music Dvorak produced, and this is quite evident in his final piano trio,...
Vinyl records
06/20/17
On this date in 1948, Edward Wallerstein conducted the first public demonstration of the revolutionary Columbia Records 33-rpm "Long Playing" record...
Yo-Yo Ma
06/19/17
On this date in 1869, it was the final concert of a five-day "Great National Peace Jubilee" involving an orchestra of 1000 and a chorus of 10,000...
Vincent Persichetti
06/16/17
On this date in 1950, the "Divertimento for Band" by the American composer, Vincent Persichetti, had its premiere with the composer conducting the...
Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb, Op. 21
06/15/17
Antonin Dvorak composed two piano trios in 1871, both of which were lost, so the third trio he wrote we now know as the Piano Trio No. 1. Dvorak...
Ludwig Van Beethoven
06/15/17
On this date in 1810, Beethoven’s "Egmont" Overture and Incidental Music, had its premiere at the Court Theater in Vienna, as part of a production of...