Classical Archives

Reinhold Gliere
07/30/18
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...
Then & Now: Frederic Augustus, Elector of Saxony
07/29/18
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...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07/27/18
The Souvenir of Florence by Tchaikovsky originated as a string sextet in the latter part of the 1880s. He composed it while in Italy, but later...
Alexander Borodin
07/26/18
Alexander Borodin was a notoriously slow worker, so it’s no wonder that it took the composer five years to compose his first extended work, the...
Then & Now: Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
07/26/18
On this date in 1791, Mozart's sixth child, Franz Xaver, was born in Vienna. Mozart nicknamed the new arrival "Wowi" and everyone said the baby was...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
07/25/18
Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto was composed around the same time as his Marriage of Figaro and his Symphony No. 38. In fact, Mozart first performed...
William Grant Still
07/24/18
William Grant Still is probably best known for the Symphony No. 1, titled the “Afro-American” symphony, and we’ll be hearing it tonight as our...
Then & Now: Elisabetta Brusa
07/24/18
On this date in 1983, Elisabetta Brusa's  Fables for chamber orchestra, had its premiere given by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  Tanglewood...
Vincent d’Indy
07/23/18
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...
Then & Now: John Harbison
07/23/18
On this date in 1982, John Harbison’s "Variation" for clarinet, violin and piano had its premiere at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in New...
07/20/18
Joaquin Rodrigo is probably best known for his Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, but he produced quite a few pieces featuring the...
Then & Now: Guglielmo Marconi
07/20/18
On this date in history, the inventor who is credited with bringing us radio, Italian Guglielmo Marconi was born on this date in 1874 in Bologna,...
Ferde Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
07/19/18
When asked about his “Grand Canyon Suite” in a radio interview some-forty years after it was composed, American Composer Ferde Grofe reminisced about...
Then & Now: Kurt Masur
07/18/18
On this date in musical history, Kurt Masur the great German conductor and humanitarian was born in a town in what is now Poland in 1927. He was the...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d Op. 15
07/18/18
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...
Then & Now: Mozart's Abduction From the Seraglio
07/16/18
On this date in musical history, Mozart's opera, "The Abduction from The Seraglio" had its premiere in Vienna.  And this afternoon there’s a festival...
Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor, Op. 11
07/16/18
It's a bit absurd now to imagine having to defend Chopin's two astounding piano concertos, but early on in the 20th century, the works were coming...
Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
07/13/18
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...
Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C
07/12/18
Georges Bizet composed his First Symphony at the age of seventeen, and although the work enjoys regular performances today, the composer didn't do...
Franz Schubert: Guitar Quartet in G
07/10/18
As a teenager, Franz Schubert began to play guitar, and he later spent time playing guitar with Italian guitarist and composer Mauro Giuliani. So, in...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C K 425 “Linz”
07/09/18
We, of course, know that Mozart was a remarkable composer, but this evening’s masterwork was a remarkable feat for even Mozart. It’s his Symphony No...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E flat
07/05/18
As Franz Joseph Haydn was approaching the age of 60, he accepted an offer to compose an opera, half a dozen symphonies, and other works to be...
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
07/04/18
On this Independence Day's Evening Masterwork, we are celebrating with the music of American Composer Aaron Copland and his Appalachian Spring. The...
Antonin Dvorak: Legends Op. 59
07/03/18
Dvorak’s piece, “Legends,” was originally composed as a suite of ten short pieces for four-hand piano, and was conceived around the same time Dvorak...
Sunday Baroque 7/1: Independence Day
06/30/18
Hour 1: How are you celebrating the Independence Day holiday? Whether it’s a parade, fireworks, or a picnic, Sunday Baroque is featuring music with...