Classical Archives

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...
Igor Stravinsky
11/07/18
The story of Pulcinella did not originate with Stravinsky, nor did it really originate with the great Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev (though he...
Ludwig van Beethoven
11/06/18
In May of 1809, Napoleon’s army began to besiege Vienna. Despite this, a 39-year old Beethoven refused to leave the city, instead seeking shelter...
Nikolai Miaskovsky
11/05/18
The Violin Concerto in d-minor was the first concerto that Nikolai Miaskovsky composed. This was in 1938, and the composer had finished this work...
Vienna State Opera
11/05/18
Just two months before Victory in Europe day in 1945, the U.S. Army Air Force bombed the Vienna State Opera to rubble. It took ten years to rebuild. ...
Felix Mendelssohn
11/02/18
Felix Mendelssohn composed his Octet in E-flat when he was only 16 years old, a work that is at times symphonic, and other times intimate. One way of...
Johannes Brahms
11/01/18
In his own words, Brahms described his Second Piano concerto as “very small,” featuring a “very small and pretty scherzo.” “Very small” is a bit off...
Hector Berlioz
10/31/18
We are getting spooky this evening for Halloween starting at 6 PM with the perfect musical accompaniment to your trick-or-treating: favorites like...
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
10/30/18
The story goes that when Erich Korngold was a young boy, his father showed his first compositions to Gustav Mahler – who responded to the young...
Sarasota Opera
10/29/18
Two well-known operas had their premiers on today’s date.  In 1787, Mozart’s "Don Giovanni'," had its first performance in Prague, and then in 1837,...
Charles Ives
10/29/18
American Composer Charles Ives did not spend his career composing music on commission – he spent his career as an insurance salesman. That’s probably...
Nashville Symphony
10/28/18
This week on SymphonyCast, you’ll hear a brooding masterpiece from the Soviet era - Augustin Hadelich teams up with the Nashville Symphony for a...
Ludwig van Beethoven
10/26/18
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, whether he wanted it to or not, pushed the envelope forward in the world of Western Classical Music. Wagner once argued...
Edvard Grieg
10/25/18
Edvard Grieg composed one of his most important masterpieces at age 25: the Piano Conerto in a minor. It’s rather fitting, since the composer’s...
Robert Schumann
10/24/18
Robert Schumann suffered all kinds of ailments throughout his lifetime – auditory hallucinations, depression, and even bipolar disorder. But in 1845...
Franz Schubert
10/23/18
Franz Schubert has two symphonies in the key of C-Major… his final symphony, the 9th , the “Great” C-major symphony, and the sixth, which is now...
Max Bruch
10/22/18
When you think about concert music based off of Scottish fiddle tunes, you probably wouldn’t think that one of the best known pieces using those...
Beethoven
10/19/18
Tonight on Classical WSMR, we’ll feature the only work Beethoven ever wrote for more than one solo instrument. His “Triple Concerto” for Violin,...
Carl Maria von Weber
10/18/18
The German Clarinet virtuoso, Heinrich Baermann inspired several works in the Classical realm. The composers who wrote with him in mind include...
Alexander Zemlinsky
10/17/18
In 1939, Alexander Zemlinsky was fleeing from the Nazis and took two pieces of his symphonic tone poem, The Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian...
Pepe Romero
10/16/18
Superstar Classical Guitarist Pepe Romero will return to the WSMR studios this week for a live performance!  Join Bethany Cagle and the world...
Aaron Copland
10/16/18
Two of Aaron Copland’s ballets premiered on today’s date.  In 1938, "Billy the Kid," was performed in Chicago by the Ballet Caravan Company, with...
Saint-Saens
10/16/18
The Symphony number three, which features a famous organ solo, was to be the final symphony penned by Saint-Saens.  It was commissioned by The London...