Classical Archives

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 16 in D, K. 451
09/18/17
Mozart’s time in Vienna kept him busy with concerts, commissions, and teaching engagements, and naturally all of this and more made him the local...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b “Unfinished”
09/18/17
There are traces of what might have been the finished Symphony No. 8 in other works by Franz Schubert. For example, there’s some incidental music...
09/14/17
Hurricane Irma has left the state. Now, the cleanup begins. From downed tree limbs to damaged household items like appliances and furniture. Every...
09/14/17
Eight out of every 10 homes in Polk County were without power in the aftermath of Irma, whose eye swirled directly over the western part of the...
09/13/17
Many Tampa Bay-area public school districts are not resuming classes until next week, as they assess damage from Hurricane Irma. Learn more.
Antonin Dvorak: Moravian Duets
09/07/17
Today is the birth anniversary of Antonin Dvorak and we are celebrating with the Moravian Duets. The Moravian Duets actually consist of 23 songs...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Op. 83
09/07/17
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...
Richard Strauss: In Italy Symphonic Fantasy
09/05/17
Richard Strauss’s symphonic fantasy In Italy was a first important step towards the tone poem, a genre of orchestral writing that the composer would...
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in a Op. 44
09/05/17
Sergei Rachmaninoff was a quintessential pianist-composer, and because of that his concert works that did not involve piano often flew under the...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
09/01/17
On this date in 1785, Mozart dedicated his six latest string quartets to his friend and older colleague, Franz Joseph Haydn. Earlier that year, Haydn...
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in a Op. 129
08/31/17
Part of the reason Robert Schumann became a composer was because he permanently damaged two of the fingers on his right hand at an early age, which...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c Op. 68
08/31/17
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...
Kurt Weill
08/31/17
On this date in 1928, Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera" had its premiere in Berlin. "The Three Penny Opera" was a huge success, and was being...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C Op. 56
08/29/17
What’s ironic about Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is that it isn’t actually a concerto at all: no real dialogue occurs between the orchestra and...
John Cage
08/29/17
On this date in 1952, “Water Music” by John Cage had its premiere at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York.  "Water Music," is written for...
John Cage
08/29/17
On this date in 1952, “Water Music” by John Cage had its premiere at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York.  "Water Music," is written for...
Charles Ives: Symphony No. 1
08/28/17
American Composer Charles Ives did not spend his career composing music on commission – he spent his career as an insurance salesman. That’s probably...
George Gershwin
08/28/17
On this date in 1922, George Gershwin’s one-act opera "Blue Monday" opened and closed on the same day. Gershwin tried something different: a modern,...
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in f Op. 34
08/28/17
The Piano Quintet in f minor by Johannes Brahms had a bit of a rocky history. First, Brahms imagined the work as a string quintet, but violinist...
Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3
08/25/17
Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 was written a few months after his eighteenth birthday. Like his other early symphonies, it was not published during...
Leonard Bernstein
08/25/17
On this date in 1959, on his 41st birthday, Leonard Bernstein conducted a performance by the New York Philharmonic in Moscow. The program included...
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F Op. 18 No. 1
08/24/17
There’s a little bit of Shakespeare in Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 from his Op. 18 set. In the second movement, sketches indicate that Beethoven...
Rafael Kubelik
08/24/17
On this date in 1968, Czech conductor and composer Rafael Kubelik launched an appeal to world musicians to boycott performances in the five nations...
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in e-minor Op. 85
08/23/17
In many ways, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto is a reaction to the First World War He composed it in 1919, and it embodies a realization that life in...
Henry Hadley
08/23/17
On this date in 1934, the Berkshire Symphonic Festival was founded in Stockbridge, Mass., by American composer and conductor Henry Hadley, with the...