Program Archives

Ottorino Respighi: Roman Festivals
06/07/17

Roman Festivals by Ottorino Respighi fits into his Roman Triptych, alongside The Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. It is programmatic music at its most literal: Respighi paints, musically, the...

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, “Drum Roll”
06/06/17

The Symphony No. 103 was the second-to-last symphony Franz Joseph Haydn ever wrote, and audiences and critics loved it. One newspaper reported that the symphony, “as usual, had continual strokes...

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, “Drum Roll”
06/06/17

The Symphony No. 103 was the second-to-last symphony Franz Joseph Haydn ever wrote, and audiences and critics loved it. One newspaper reported that the symphony, “as usual, had continual strokes...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in g-minor K 183
06/05/17

Mozart composed only two symphonies in a minor key, both of them in g-minor. Adding to this unusualness is the use of four horns, as opposed to two, in both of these symphonies to add a certain...

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Op. 47
06/05/17

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 all in a short span of time. It makes sense...

Mozart’s symphony no 28
06/04/17

Mozart’s symphony no 28 was written for his hometown audience in Salzburg. It’s one of several symphonies the teenaged Mozart wrote under the influence of his good friend Michael Haydn who...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
06/02/17

The Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky is certainly one of the most famous and most loved concertos in the entire classical music repertoire.  But in its early days, not everyone shared that love...

Chen Gang and He Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers, concert for violin
06/01/17

Long before Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet, a similar story of star-crossed lovers emerged from China. It’s the story of forbidden love that ends in suicide, except in this version, after...

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e
06/01/17

When Brahms completed his fourth and final symphony, many of his contemporaries didn’t quite understand the work. His closest companions got it, though, and they knew very well that the composer...

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 “The Inextinguishable”
05/30/17

Danish composer Carl Nielsen believed that music is life – and his Symphony No. 4 is a musical manifesto to that belief. It was composed between 1914 and 1916, at the beginning of World War One,...

Gabriel Faure: Requiem
05/28/17

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Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration
05/27/17

Richard Strauss’ third tone poem tells of a man who, in his dying hours, goes over the many memories of his efforts to achieve high, artistic ideals. It’s called Death and Transfiguration...

Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14
05/26/17

Saturday night’s masterwork is a chamber work that is said to be Beethoven's favorite of his late quartets, and apparently it got the attention of several other composers as well.  Franz Schubert ...

George W. Chadwick: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Op. 21
05/25/17

George W. Chadwick’s music is distinctly American – and his music was catalyzed by the “American sounding” music of Dvorak. One of the truest hallmarks of Chadwick’s output was the scherzo, and...

05/24/17

Reinhold Gliere was only two years younger than Rachmaninoff, and in a lot of ways, his music shows it. Gliere’s music is firmly rooted in the Russian cosmopolitan style – but one major difference...

Vincent d’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air
05/23/17

The Symphony on a French Mountain Air by Vincent d’Indy does not enjoy the popularity it did in the composer’s life time – it is now all too rare to hear the work featured on a program. But it was...

Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Ballet
05/22/17

The Mother Goose Ballet suite by Ravel went through quite the evolution, starting out as a five-movement suite for piano four hands that the composer wrote as a gift for the young son and daughter...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e Op. 64
05/22/17

One of the first critics to write about Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony noted that the orchestration was “essentially modern, and even ultra-modern.” This was ten years after the composer completed...

Alexander Glazunov’s Symphony No. 1
05/19/17

Alexander Glazunov’s Symphony No. 1 was written in 1881, when he was 16 years old, and is known as his Slavonian Symphony.  At its premiere in St. Petersburg, the symphony was a resounding success...

Alexander Glazunov’s Symphony No. 1
05/19/17

Alexander Glazunov’s Symphony No. 1 was written in 1881, when he was 16 years old, and is known as his Slavonian Symphony.  At its premiere in St. Petersburg, the symphony was a resounding success...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 1 in d Op. 43
05/18/17

Today we remember Tchiakovsky’s symphonies as the pinnacle of his symphonic output – and that may be the case – but he also composed four large-scale orchestral works with the title of “suite.”...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K. 581
05/18/17

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 musicians’ widows and orphans. Interestingly,...

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30
05/16/17

It may come as a bit of a shock, but Richard Strauss’s tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra wasn’t always as popular as it is today. Well, Strauss can thank Stanley Kubrick for the boost in...

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d Op. 15
05/15/17

In 1854, Johannes Brahms began to compose a two-piano sonata, and soon realized that it needed more. He would transform the opening of that work into the first movement of a First Piano Concerto;...

Max Bruch: Symphony No. 3
05/15/17

Max Bruch’s third and final Symphony may have been composed when he was 45-years old, but he said much of the work is based on material from “my freshest and happiest of youth.” He had also...