Classical Archives

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....
Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op. 101
07/27/17
The Second Cello Concerto that Franz Joseph Haydn composed is much more relaxed than the first, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t...
Johan Sebastian Bach
07/27/17
On this date in 1733, J.S. Bach sent a letter to Frederic Augustus, Elector of Saxony, requesting an official title to bolster his reputation in...
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
07/26/17
Robert Schumann suffered all kinds of ailments throughout his lifetime – auditory hallucinations, depression, and even bipolar disorder. But in 1845...
Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
07/26/17
Richard Strauss was affected in many ways by World War II and Nazi Germany, but nothing affected him quite as much as the bombing of the Munich...
Richard Wagner
07/26/17
On this date in 1882, the first performance of Richard Wagner's new opera "Parsifal" took place at the Bayreuth Festival in Bavaria. The eminent...
Samuel Barber
07/25/17
On this date in 1937, Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 was performed at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, by the Vienna Philharmonic. This was...
Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Op. 81
07/24/17
Dvorak composed his second Piano Quintet No. 2 in 1887, a work that shares the same instrumentation and key as its younger counterpart, the Piano...
Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival
07/24/17
On this date in 1983, Elisabetta Brusa’s  Fables for Chamber Orchestra, had its premiere given by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  Tanglewood...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
07/24/17
The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The...
07/23/17
Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were...
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21
07/23/17
Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were...
Houston Symphony: Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor
07/21/17
Andres Orozco-Estrada - Conductor Martin Helmchen - Piano Mark Hughes - Trumpet From the great state of Texas, a concert featuring works that...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
07/21/17
Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K. 581
07/19/17
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...
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
07/18/17
Manuel De Falla composed his work for piano and orchestra, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, during the First World War, but the conception of the...