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The Oceanides: the deeply impressionistic tone poem by Sibelius
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Franz Berwald: iconic composer of Scandinavian Romanticism was forced to earn a living as an orthopedist
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Ernest Chausson as the first promoter of nascent impressionism
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Sommernacht poem found its composer in a Swiss romantic after a century
Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957) was a remarkable Swiss composer during the first half of the twentieth century. In contrast...
The most performed contemporary composer grew up with Bob Marley music
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Im Sommerwind is an atypical work of the typical modernist composer
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Bernini's famous fountains are filled with Respighi's music
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Peaceful sound for troubling times in The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending is a contemplative and tender tone poem composed as a reaction to George...
Walks along Moldau river ended in the greatest symphonic poem of all time
Bedřich Smetana conceived a series of orchestral pieces based on the legends and landscapes of his homeland entitled Má...
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