Classical Archives

Jean Sibelius
12/13/18
In the early-part of the 20th Century, composers like Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok were doing pioneering work in forms outside...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
12/12/18
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...
Mark O’Connor
12/11/18
Mark O’Connor’s Americana Symphony is a work that evokes images of the American expansion westward while fusing O’Connor’s folk roots with the sounds...
Happy Holidays from WUSF - Great Holiday Programming
12/10/18
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Edouard Lalo
12/10/18
Although Edouard Lalo was a Frenchman, he was of Spanish descent: he’s most famous for his Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, and Spanish...
Ludwig van Beethoven
12/07/18
Beethoven wrote his Tenth String Quartet around the same time he was writing his Symphony No. 5 and the Les Adieux Piano Sonata, and while those two...
Vassili Kalinnikov
12/06/18
Vassili Kalinnikov composed his First Symphony shortly after resigning from his post as the second conductor of the Italian Opera in Moscow. He...
Ira Gershwin
12/06/18
On this date in music history, the brilliant lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City in 1896.  He’s the guy that brought us the words to S’...
Hector Berlioz
12/05/18
Two works by Berlioz had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1830, the Symphonie Fantastique had its first performance in Paris, with François-...
Paul Dukas
12/04/18
The symphony wasn’t the most popular genre for French composers heading into the 20th Century; there’s really only a handful that we still listen to...
Ernest Chausson
11/30/18
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...
11/29/18
On this date in musical history, the first Italian opera in the U.S., Rossini’s, The Barber of Seville made its debut in New York City on this date...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
11/29/18
The Piano Concerto No. 2 by Tchaikovsky often sits in the shadow of the composer’s mega-popular First Concerto, but there are some circles who...
Robert Schumann
11/28/18
A lot of the time when you hear of a work of music having a nickname, for example, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, that nickname was given by the...
Franz Schubert
11/27/18
In 1817, Franz Schubert composed a short song called “The Trout,” which told the story of an onlooker on a riverbank watching a “happy little fish”...
Felix Mendelssohn
11/26/18
In October of 1830, Mendelssohn went to Italy, a trip that last 10 months, and a trip in which he found himself starting out in Venice and travelling...
11/22/18
Tonight we are celebrating Thanksgiving with the Symphony No. 9 in e by Antonin Dvorak, From the New World, a work that is filled with American...
Felix Mendelssohn
11/21/18
The Second Piano Concerto by Mendelssohn is a characteristic work from the composer: dramatic themes, virtuosic displays, and even some meditative...
Edvard Grieg
11/20/18
Throughout his career, Edvard Grieg tended to concentrate on smaller forms of music, as evident in a few of his more-popular works like the Lyric...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
11/16/18
For Mozart, the piano concerto was an opportunity to combine his two talents: In composing for the genre, he could be both Mozart the composer, and...
Richard Strauss
11/15/18
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...
Ludwig van Beethoven
11/14/18
Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the Eroica, not only represented a turning point in the composer’s career, but is one of the few pieces of music that...
Antonin Dvorak
11/13/18
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,...
Ludwig van Beethoven
11/09/18
Beethoven composed six pieces for his Opus 18 set of string quartets, and while it may be obvious that the Sixth quartet was the final one Beethoven...
Antonin Dvorak
11/08/18
The Symphony No. 3 in E-flat by Dvorak comes at a time when the composer was falling out of the influence of Richard Wagner and more into his own...