Classical Archives

Beethoven
10/15/18
Like several of Beethoven’s works, the opus 104 String Quintet was a rearrangement of an earlier composition. But in this case, it wasn’t Beethoven...
Ralph Vaughan Williams
10/12/18
On this date in musical history, English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in 1872 in Down Ampney, England, a village in Gloucestershire....
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
10/12/18
Mozart composed three piano concertos in 1785, the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and often the last of those is eclipsed by the first two. This may be...
Happy Birthday Jerome Robbins
10/11/18
The great American choreographer Jerome Robbins was born on this date in 1918 in New York City. And around town tonight, you can see the musical ...
Alexander Borodin
10/11/18
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...
Johannes Brahms
10/10/18
The Third Piano Concerto by Brahms went through several transformations over the course of the nearly 20 years it took the composer to complete it....
Then & Now 10/5: NY Philharmonic
10/05/18
On this date in 1930, The New York Philharmonic began its series of weekly Sunday afternoon national broadcasts with a program from Carnegie Hall...
Richard Strauss
10/05/18
After World War I, Richard Strauss turned to the music of Francois Couperin for inspiration. Couperin, in his lifetime, composed more than 300 short...
Then & Now: Martha Graham
10/04/18
On this date in 1945. Aaron Copland's orchestral suite from his ballet "Appalachian Spring" had its premiere at Carnegie Hall given by the New York...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
10/04/18
The Jupiter Symphony is the largest and most complex symphony Mozart composed, completed in 1788. The symphony is characterized by its good humor,...
10/03/18
At the start of 1791, when Franz Joseph Haydn arrived in England, he was already the most famous composer in Europe, and had been for a few years. It...
Then & Now 9/24: Football and our National Anthem
09/25/18
On this date in 1947, German-born composer Hanns Eisler was questioned about his former membership in the Communist Party by the House Committee on...
Beethoven
09/21/18
Beethoven composed his Septet in E-flat in 1799 and the work encapsulates all of the musical entertainments of that century – it sits in the...
Carl Nielsen
09/20/18
Danish composer Carl Nielsen believed that music was life – and his Symphony No. 4 is a musical manifesto to that belief. It was composed between...
Then & Now 9/19: House Music
09/19/18
On this date in 1894, the Brahms two Clarinet Sonatas were premiered at a private performance in the home of the sister of the Duke of Meiningen with...
Alexander Glazunov
09/19/18
Alexander Glazunov was quite confident at the age of 25, and for good reason: it was going on a decade since the successful premiere of his First...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
09/18/18
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...
Anton Bruckner
09/17/18
The Ninth – and final – Symphony by Anton Bruckner was left incomplete by the composer; when Bruckner died, three movements were finished. The fourth...
Alexander Glazunov
09/14/18
Imagine this: beginning composition lessons with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov when you’re 14… writing your first symphony at the age of 15… and watching...
Richard Strauss
09/13/18
Richard Strauss’s tone poem Death and Transfiguration is a departure from his previous tone poems in a variety of ways. In this one, Strauss creates...
Johannes Brahms
09/12/18
For Johannes Brahms, the symphony was the ultimate test of a composer’s abilities and the most suitable way of creating a legacy. And at one point...
Gabriel Faure
09/11/18
On the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we are remembering  the victims and honoring the heroes with the Requiem by Gabriel Faure. Faure...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
09/10/18
In the mid-1780s, the majority of Mozart’s income was actually generated by performing as a pianist, not composing. That isn’t to say he wasn’t...
Then & Now 9/10: Peter Maxwell Davies
09/10/18
On this date in 1989, Peter Maxwell Davies' Symphony No. 4 had its premiere in London's Royal Albert Hall, performed by the Scottish Chamber...
Carl Goldmark
09/07/18
Completed in 1888, Carl Goldmark’s Rustic Wedding Symphony is not your usual 19th century symphony. It’s in five movements, not four, and none of...