Category Archives: Classical Music

FIRST HEARD: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

May 7, 1824 – Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria The Ninth Symphony was first performed in the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna. This was the composer’s first onstage appearance in 12 years, and the hall was packed … Continue reading

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Unexpected Joy in a Japanese Forest

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First Heard: ‘Water Music’

Updated – Originally posted on July 17, 2016 ________________________________________ I don’t envy Royalty very often – I’ve never had a lust for power, and most of the job just looks tedious and stuffy to me. But I would love to be able … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mozart!

Not THAT Mozart – this one: Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (1791-1844) Franz “Wolfgang” was born in Vienna, five months before his father’s death, the younger of his parents’ two surviving children. He was a composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher from the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Isaac Stern

Happy Birthday, Isaac Stern! At the Polar Music Prize Banquet in 2000, 80-year- old Isaac Stern played “Liebeslied” by Fritz Kreisler. He and Bob Dylan were that year’s recipients. Isaac Stern was born on July 21, 1920, in what is … Continue reading

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First Heard: ‘Water Music’

I don’t envy Royalty very often – I’ve never had a lust for power, and most of the job just looks tedious and stuffy to me. But I would love to be able to say, “I’m going to be boating … Continue reading

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Water in Summer: THE FOUNTAINS OF ROME

On a hot summer day, the sound of water is so cooling. Happy 137th Birthday to Ottorino Respighi, born this day, July 9th, 1879, in Bologna, Italy. Here is Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome. ROMAN … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop: Elegy for the Arctic

The Coffee Shop is an open thread-style discussion forum for human interest news of the day. —oooOooo– There are several hosts, each host being responsible for picking a “theme of the day” and starting the discussion. But in an open thread, … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop – Classical Music Mashup

The Coffee Shop is an open thread-style discussion forum for human interest news of the day. From grantwoolard:  “I’ve woven together 57 famous classical tunes by 33 composers. How many can you identify?” —oooOooo– This is an open thread. There … Continue reading

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