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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Unraveling the meaning of Aserejé
Bernini's famous fountains are filled with Respighi's music
Fontane di Roma is a symphonic poem written by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi in 1916. It depicts Rome’s...
Saint-Saëns' French horn Romance in hand-free performance
Camille Saint-Saëns was an anomaly among French composers of the 19th century due to his proficiency in writing for all...
Grieg's exquisite Norwegian cocktail of mountains, forests and sea
Edvard Grieg composed the large body of his music surrounded by the scenic landscapes of the Hardanger fjord. Grieg's...
Gustav Holst's famous folk suite was dedicated to his students
Gustavus Theodore von Holst, a highly original and inventive composer, was born in England in 1874. Holst was appointed...
The misty seascape embodied in Mendelssohn's surging overture
The Hebrides, also called Hebrides Overture or Overture to the Lonely Isle, is an orchestra piece by Felix Mendelssohn,...
The scent of magnolia permeating Joaquin Rodrigo's concerto
It may come as a revelation that Joaquin Rodrigo wasn’t a guitarist, despite his contributions to the guitar repertoire...
Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass find a colorful meeting point for European and Indian classics
Almost three decades have passed since Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar collaborated and released the work Passages - a...
Corelli's famous violin piece rearranged for oboe three centuries later
One of the seminal figures of early Baroque, Arcangelo Corelli, was the master of violin which supremacy in the...
Defining Gershwin rhapsody was conceived on a train trip
Rhapsody in Blue is one of the most performed of all American concert pieces, and its opening clarinet glissando is the...
Beethoven was inspired by Goethe’s rhythmic poetry
From 1809 to 1810, Beethoven composed the overture to Goethe’s play Egmont, depicting the life of the count of Egmont, a...
Metallica with San Francisco Symphony: fresh & heavy atmosphere of modern opera
It seemed like Metallica were running out of ideas at the end of the millennium. However, in 1999, they released S&M...
The Shape of Water bringing Alexandre Desplat his second Oscar trophy
Romantic fantasy film looks at the relationship between a mute woman who works at a government survey facility in...
First solo trumpet piece in history belongs to German multi-instrumentalist
The Concerto in D major for trumpet, violins, and basso continuo, is a shiny eight-minute work composed by Georg Philipp...
The Third Norfolk Rhapsody, lost a hundred years ago, was reconstructed recently
Vaughan Williams composed three Norfolk Rhapsodies in 1905 and 1906, shaping them on folk melodies he had gathered...
The sounds of scenic Iceland in the Aeriality orchestral piece
Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose music is now often played around Europe and the US, captivating the...
Beethoven's Romances uncover his staggering violin skills
Beethoven was a very skillful violinist. Although not a proficient musician, he possessed a deep passion for and...
Josquin des Prez: pioneer in the Franco-Flemish School of music
Josquin des Prez was the leading architect of the point of imitation style, in which a motif introduced in one voice is...
Brandenburg Concerto dedicated to the king's brother was never played at Brandenburg court
The Brandenburg Concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach are considered an example from the new era of masterful collaboration...
Reverie: cello reimagining of Claude Debussy by Julian Lloyd Webber
Reverie is one of the first works written by Debussy for piano. Even at this early stage of his career, with the style...
Albinoni's famous Adagio is unusually solemn and offbeat because it wasn't, in fact, written by Tomaso Albinoni
Adagio in G Minor, attributed to 18th-century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, is widely familiar through its often use...
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...
Vivaldi's Bohemian Concerto was the last gift for the dying lute
Within Antonio Vivaldi's creative period, the lute was going out of fashion as the lead solo instrument, though its...
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...
The ever-evolving legend of Coriolanus
The Coriolan Overture, written by Ludwig van Beethoven, is an adaptation of Heinrich Joseph von Collin's tragedy...
UEFA Champions League theme is an adaption of George Händel's royal coronation anthem
One of George Händel's best-known pieces, Zadok the Priest, has been traditionally performed during the anointing of the...
Glassworks by Philip Glass is flavored with Bach and Bowie
Philip Glass is an American composer, widely considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th...
Vintage performance of Vivaldi's concerto for four violins
Antonio Vivaldi wrote many concerts for violin, but only a few for four violin soloists. Concerto for Four Violins was...
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