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Carl Reinecke: Serenade for String Orchestra in G Minor, Op. 242:
0:00 Marcia
3:18 Arioso
7:03 Scherzo
10:17 Cavatine
16:13 Fughetta giocosa
20:33 Finale allegretto

Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder:
25:55 Der Engel
29:06 Stehe still!
33:06 Im Treibhaus
39:01 Schmerzen
41:25 Träume

Max Bruch: Concerto for String Orchestra in B-Flat Major, Op. posth.:
45:47 Allegro moderato
55:18 Adagio
1:01:56 Allegro molto

1:07:48 Friedrich Silcher: Die Loreley

Performed by the Ciconia Consort featuring Dick van Gasteren (conductor) & Karin Strobos (mezzo-soprano).

1 week, 5 days ago

Please experience this creation while there’s life to live!

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1 month, 1 week ago

0:00 Mars
7:27 Venus
14:52 Mercury
18:39 Jupiter
26:11 Saturn
35:26 Uranus
41:12 Neptune

1 month, 4 weeks ago

Please experience this creation while there’s life to live!

2 months, 2 weeks ago

This is the best rendition of Handel's Messiah but it no longer belongs to Handel. For all the beautiful and exhilarating music that humans have made, let this be the chorus of Western Civilization.

3 months ago

“Mars: The Bringer of War” by Gustav Holst (from The Planets).

Gustav Holst's seven movement orchestral suite The Planets is one of the great works of modern art music, popularly known as classical music.

Gustave Holst began his composition of The Planets during the early summer of 1914, and completed the orchestral suite's first movement, “Mars, The Bringer of War,” around June of that year. The Great War would begin in Europe about two months later in August. The Planets had its origin in Holst's interest in astrology which he had developed during a holiday vacation with several friends in the Spanish island of Mallorca during the spring of 1913.

But the focus of Holst's music is not horoscopes printed in a British tabloid newspaper. Holst's grand work captures the majesty, mystery, energy, power, beauty, and wonder of the planets of our solar system as Holst's imagination envisioned them in music.

Holst was born in 1874 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He came from a musical family, and some of his ancestors, including his father, were professional musicians. Holst eventually studied music and composition at the Royal College of Music in London. He was the Director of Music at the St. Paul's Girl's School in Brook Green, Hammersmith, in West London from 1905 until his death in 1934 and Director of Music at the Morely Memorial College for Working Men and Women from 1907 to 1924.

After the success of The Planets in 1919, Holst also taught composition as a Lecturer at the University of Reading and at his alma mater the Royal College of Music. A few years later, Holst accepted an offer to lecture and conduct at the University of Michigan in 1923.

A shy and modest man with bad eyesight and a right arm afflicted by inflammation, Holst shunned his newly acquired fame as a classical music composer, and refused honors and rewards and requests for interviews and autographs.

I did not make the video; it includes film footage from World War Two to accompany the music. It's very sympathetic to the Allied forces and their cause.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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4 months, 2 weeks ago

Odile González performs Vivaldi's 'Summer'
on 'Tierra de Talento' (excerpt) in Spain.

5 months ago

'Etude No. 7' by Heitor Villa-Lobos

5 months, 3 weeks ago

'Mazurka Choro' by Heitor Villa-Lobos

5 months, 3 weeks ago

The music of Claude Debussy arranged &
performed by Isao Tomita on synthesizer.
A landmark recording in electronic music.

00:00 - Snowflakes Are Dancing (Children's Corner, No.4)
02:17 - Reverie
07:07 - Gardens In The Rain
10:53 - Clair De Lune (Suite Bergamasque, No.3)
16:44 - Arabesque No.1
20:50 - The Engulfed Cathedral (Preludes, Book I, No.10)
27:11 - Passepied (Suite Bergamassque, No.4)
30:32 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair (Preludes, Book I, No.8)
33:58 - Golliwog's Cakewalk (Childrens Corner, No. 6)
36:54 - Footprints In The Snow (Preludes, Book I, No.6)

5 months, 3 weeks ago

The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1:

0:00:00 I. Overture
0:03:21 II. The Christmas Tree
0:07:25 III. March
0:09:46 IV. Children’s Galop - Arrival of the Guests
0:12:14 V. Dance Scene - Arrival of Drosselmeyer
0:18:13 VI. Scene - Grandfather’s Dance
0:25:00 VII. The Magic Spell Begins
0:31:48 VIII. The Battle Between the Nutcracker and the Mouse
0:35:19 IX. Scene in the Pine Forest “Journey through the Snow”
0:39:00 X. Waltz of the Snowflakes

The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2:

0:45:24 XI. The Magic Castle
0:49:14 XII. Clara & the Prince - XIII. Divertissement
0:53:47 XIV. Chocolate. Spanish Dance
0:54:58 XV. Coffee. Arabian Dance
0:58:22 XVI. Tea. Chinese Dance
0:59:29 XVII. Trepak
1:00:39 XVIII. Dance of the Mirlitons
1:03:01 XIX. Mother Gigogne and the Clowns
1:05:51 XX. Waltz of the Flowers
1:12:33 XXI. Pas de Deux. Dance of the Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy
1:17:03 XXI. Pas de Deux. Variation 1, Tarantella
1:17:47 XXI. Pas de Deux. Variation 2, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
1:20:03 XXI. Pas de Deux. Coda
1:21:29 XXII. Finale. Final Waltz and Apotheosis

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart completed this piano concerto in 1786 with the premiere being given in April the same year at the Burgtheater in Vienna. As Mozart intended to be the soloist at the premiere performance the manuscript for the piano score was incomplete, however Mozart would remember the entire work without issue and simultaneously conduct the orchestra at the same time.

This is one of only two piano concertos Mozart would complete in a minor key, and would feature the largest orchestra accompaniment.

This concerto is comprised of three movements:
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto

8 months, 1 week ago

Prelude in F sharp minor, Op. 23, No. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff would complete his collection of 10 preludes for solo piano published as Opus 23 between the years of 1901 and 1903. While this collection would only include 10 preludes, each in a different key, when combined with his later Opus 32 and his independent prelude in c sharp minor, Rachmaninoff would have composed a piano prelude in all 24 major and minor keys.

8 months, 1 week ago

Sonata in A minor for violin and piano by Ralph Vaughan Williams

This sonata for violin and piano was completed in 1952 to be performed by Frederick Grinke, a Canadian violinist. The premiere performance would be given via a BBC radio broadcast in 1954 on the day of Vaughan Williams’ birthday with Grinke playing the violin and Michael Mullinar playing piano. This would be one of the final works Vaughan Williams would compose before his death in 1958.

This sonata is comprised of three movements:
I. Fantasia: Allegro giusto
II. Scherzo: Allegro furioso ma non troppo
III. Tema con variazioni: Andante

8 months, 1 week ago

Album Leaves, Op. 28 by Edvard Grieg

Grieg completed the individual piano works which comprise this collection in the years between 1864 and 1878. The term ‘Album leaves’ was originally intended to refer to music a compose wrote to be given to a friend or loved one and included in their ‘album’. Over time the name was applied to any collection given to another person.

This work is comprised of four pieces:
I. Allegro con moto A flat major
II. Allegretto espressivo in F major
III. Vivace in A major
IV. Andantino serioso in C sharp minor

8 months, 1 week ago

Symphony No. 19 in D major, Hoboken I/19 by Joseph Haydn

Haydn completed this symphony in 1761 while essentially acting as the Kapellmeister for the Esterházy family, despite not officially holding the role.

This symphony is comprised of three movements:
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Presto

8 months, 1 week ago

Valse-Étude, H. 56 by Gustav Holst

This short work for violin and piano would be completed in 1904 during the first 12 months of his new role as teacher at the James Allen’s Girls school in Dulwich. This work would be dedicated to the English violinist Marie Hall.

The Valse-Étude is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 1 week ago

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven would complete the first version of this string quartet in 1826 at the age of 56. The premiere of this version of the quartet took place the same year in Vienna with the quartet being dedicated to Nikolai Galitzin, a Russian aristocrat and patron of Beethoven.

The first version of this quartet was comprised of six movements, with the final movement being a ‘Große Fuge’ (Grand Fugue) of considerable length. The public reception to the premiere in March of 1826 made it clear to Beethoven’s publishers that the final movement was too long and intricate compared to the rest of the quartet. At their behest Beethoven removed the fugue, giving it its own publication number (Grande Fugue Op. 133) and composing a new simple final movement, an allegro in B flat major.

By age 56, Beethoven was almost entirely deaf and would have intermittent bouts of fever, jaundice and difficulty moving due to swollen and arthritic limbs. Beethoven had never married, and the closest person he would ever have to a son was his nephew Karl, a troubled young man who attempted to commit suicide in 1826, which fortunately failed. The relationship between Beethoven and his sister-in-law Johanna van Beethoven (mother of Karl) was not pleasant, and it is clear from correspondence from both Beethoven and Johanna that they never felt like family.

Despite the tragic family circumstances and the debilitating medical issues Beethoven would experience towards the end of his life, the new ending for his string quartet No. 13 would be a brisk and joyous contradance (country dance). Much like the ending to his 9th symphony, Beethoven would show his defiance to ‘fate’ (as he would call it) through is music, turning pain and suffering into music of incredible beauty and optimism. It would seem that Beethoven never forgot the declaration he made to himself in 1802 when he was first told he was going deaf:

“(He will) seize Fate by the throat, it shall certainly not crush me completely”.

The new 6th movement to this quartet would be the final work Beethoven would compose before his death in March of 1827.

The new version of this quartet (which is the recording you are listening to) is comprised of six movements:
I. Adagio, ma non troppo – Allegro
II. Presto
III. Andante con moto, ma non troppo. Poco Scherzando
IV. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
VI. Allegro

8 months, 1 week ago

String Sextet Op. 23, No. 6 in F major, G. 459 by Luigi Boccherini

Boccherini completed a set of 6 string sextets for dual violin, viola and cello in 1776, making this collection one of the earliest if not the earliest collection of music for string sextet composed. Boccherini was in the service of the Infante Don Luis of Spain at the court in Madrid while composing this collection.

This work is comprised of four movements:
I. Andantino grazioso
II. Allegro assai
III. Tempo di minuetto – Trio
IV. Finale. Prestissimo

8 months, 1 week ago

Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120 by Gabriel Fauré

Fauré completed this trio for piano, violin and cello in 1923, with the premiere performance being given in May the same year by the Société Nationale de Musique in Paris to honour the 78th birthday of the composer. Fauré had begun work on the trio in 1920, but it would take him three years to complete the work partly due to Fauré travelling to his favourite holiday locations in southern France and also due to a serious bout of pneumonia. Fauré would dedicate the work to Mademoiselle Maurice Rouvier, the widow of the former President of the Council for France.

This trio is comprised of three movements:
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andantino
III. Allegro vivo

8 months, 1 week ago

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms

This composition for Natural horn, violin and piano was completed in 1865 with the premiere performance being given in November of 1866 in Zurich. Brahms composed this work to commemorate the death of this mother Christiane Nissen Brahms in early 1865. Brahms felt that the sound of the Natural horn, which did not use a valve system like the French Horn, gave a more sombre feel to the work that better represented his intention to mourn the loss of his mother.

Brahms would later rework this piece into a trio for viola, violin and piano and would comment that the horn section could also be replaced with a cello.

This trio is comprised of four movements:
I. Andante
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Allegro con brio

8 months, 1 week ago

Eternal Longing, Op. 33 by Vitezslav Novak

Novak completed this tone poem for orchestra in 1904 and would be one of a number of works Novak dedicated to fellow composer Antonín Dvořák. The tone poem itself is based on the Hans Christian Anderson book ‘A Picture book without Pictures’, which is a collection of fairy tales the author published in 1848 that included stories such as ‘My Boots’, ‘Pegasus and the Post-Horses’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

This work is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 1 week ago

Havanaise in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns completed this work for violin and orchestra in 1887. It was composed to be performed by Cuban violinist Rafael Díaz Albertini, however at the premiere performance in January of 1894, Belgian violinist Martin Pierre Marsick was the soloist.

This orchestral piece is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 1 week ago

Prelude No. 6 in B minor, Op. 28 ‘Tolling Bells’ by Frédéric Chopin

Chopin completed a collection of 24 preludes 1839 which were given the Opus number 28. The 24 preludes cover the complete collection of all major and minor keys. Chopin began work on this collection in 1835. It is thought that the work was inspired by the “Well Tempered Clavier” by J.S Bach as Chopin had a copy of this collection with him while composing the majority of these preludes in Mallorca.

Each work was given an epithet by the publisher with the consultation of Chopin.

8 months, 1 week ago

From Meadow to Mayfair Suite by Eric Coates

Coates would complete this suite for orchestra in 1931. At this time Coates was now in demand to conduct his own compositions at venues in the cities of Bournemouth, Scarborough and Hastings and popular among the public and among other composers. It is said that fellow composer Sir Edward Elgar would buy the records of Coates’ compositions as soon as they were available. Coates would also be recorded as saying that he was more productive when composing at his city residence on Baker Street in London.

This suite is comprised of three movements:
I. In the Country: Rustic Dance
II. A Song by the Way: Romance
III. Evening in the Town: Valse

8 months, 1 week ago

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann

Evidence from the period indicates Schumann began work on his second symphony in 1845, but did not finish the work until October the following year. During the same period Schumann would experience severe tinnitus and depression, making his ability to compose a symphony at all remarkable, let alone a symphony based on a conventionally ‘triumphal’ theme. The work is dedicated to Oscar I, the King of Sweden and Norway from 1844 to 1859.

This symphony is comprised of four movements:
I. Sostenuto assai
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
III. Adagio espressivo
IV. Allegro molto vivace

8 months, 1 week ago

String Symphony No. 13 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn completed a set of 13 string symphonies by 1823 at the age of fourteen. The collection features several tributes to composers such as Haydn, Bach and Mozart. The majority of the collection is scored for string orchestra only, however a few of the symphonies contain instruments from other musical families.

This symphony is comprised of three movements:
I. Fuga: Grave – Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto

8 months, 1 week ago

String Quartet in F major by Mikhail Glinka

Glinka completed this work for two violins, viola and cello in 1830 at the age of 26. Glinka would complete this work before his trip to Italy where his musical style would be heavily influenced by the Italian composers and the legacy of artists such as Mozart and Beethoven. As such this work represents a more Russian style of music, which is possibly why the composer would use motifs from this work in his opera Ruslan and Ludmila which he would begin composing in 1837.

This work is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto. Allegro brillante
IV. Rondo. Allegro moderato

8 months, 1 week ago

Missa Brevis by Giovanni Palestrina

It is likely that Palestrina completed this mass in 1558 while working as musical director at the St John Lateran church in Rome. Three years earlier Palestrina was forced to resign from his post as a papal chorister as the then pope, Pope Paul IV, decreed that all papal choristers should be of the clerical order.

While this work has been given the title “Missa Brevis” it is actually one of the longer musical adaptations of the Mass.

This contrapuntal work is comprised of six movements:
I. Kyrie
II. Gloria
III. Credo
IV. Sanctus
V. Benedictus
VI. Agnus Dei 1 & 2

8 months, 1 week ago

Symphony No. 18 in F major, K. 130 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart completed this symphony in May of 1772 at the age of 16. The work would be composed in-between the two trips that Mozart would take to Milan with this father partly for his own education and partly to promote the young Mozart and his incredible talents. The second Milan visit in late 1772 almost resulted in Mozart receiving a position within the court of Archduke Ferdinand, son of Holy Roman Emperor Franz I, but this suggestion was refused by Empress Maria Theresa.

This symphony is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Menuetto – Trio
IV. Allegro molto

8 months, 1 week ago

First book of Préludes, No. 9: ‘La sérénade interrompue’ (Interrupted Serenade) by Claude Debussy

Debussy complete his first book of Préludes in 1910. Unlike previous notable collections of preludes by composers such as Bach and Chopin, this collection is not intended to display a composition in each of the tonal keys. Each work in this collection is given an artistic title, however this title is provided at the end of the manuscript as Debussy wanted the performer to experience the piece without being influenced by the name of the work.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Concerti Grossi, Op. 3, No. 2, HWV. 313 by George Frederic Handel

Handel would begin this collection of concerti grossi for strings and woodwind, with various instruments taking a solo role in each concerto, in 1710, with the best estimate on when the collection was finished being in 1718. Handel did not publish the collection himself, with the English music publisher John Walsh releasing the official collection in 1734. Some historians suggest Handel did not intend for these works to be compiled into a single collection, and that Walsh was attempting to pique public interest with a new concerti grossi collection, a format which was popular at the time.

This concerto is comprised of five movements:
I. Vivace
II. Largo
III. Allegro
IV. Moderato
V. Allegro

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Overture in D major, D. 26 by Franz Schubert

Schubert would complete this overture in 1812 at the age of 15. This overture is notable in the use of three trombones in the orchestra and also for the fact that it was not the only overture the young Schubert would complete in 1812.

This overture is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Spring Fire Symphony by Arnold Bax

English composer Arnold Bax completed this work for orchestra in 1913 and intended to premiere the work in Norwich in 1914. The outbreak of the first world war delayed the premiere, and while several subsequent dates for when the work would finally have a public performance were propositioned, it is likely the work was never played before Bax died in 1953.

Bax commented that the work was inspired by the poem ‘Atalanta in Calydon’ by Algernon Swinburne and is scored for a large orchestra. The symphony is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Andante appassionato for string quartet in F major, B. 40a by Antonin Dvořák

In 1873, Dvořák would compose his string quartet No. 6 in a lengthy single movement. The composer would later revise the work, as he did for many of his earlier compositions, and in 1874 the work would be split into four movements, with the ‘Andante appassionato’ section being isolated as a stand-alone work.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Allegretto for Piano Trio, WoO. 39 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven completed this short work for piano, violin and cello in 1812 as a gift for Maximiliano Brentano, the daughter of Antonie Brentano, an art collector, patron and friend of Beethoven. Beethoven would gift the work to the Brentano family at their residence in Karlsbad in the west of what is now the Czech Republic in June of 1812 before continuing his journey to Prague.

This work is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Morceau de Salon, S. 142 by Franz Liszt

Liszt would complete this short but difficult work for piano in 1840. While the work is intended as a performance piece, the difficulty of playing the work has resulted in only a few public performances.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Orchestral Fantasia by George Butterworth

Butterworth would begin this fantasia for orchestra in 1914, but would be called to service in the first world war before it could be finished. Sadly, the composer would die during the battle of the Somme in August of 1916 and would never complete this work. Composer Kriss Russman would complete the work nearly 100 years later.

This fantasia is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Flute Concerto No. 6 in G major, Op. 10, RV. 434 by Antonio Vivaldi

Vivaldi completed a collection of six flute concertos at some point in 1728 and were first published the same year by Dutch publisher Michel-Charles Le Cène.

This concerto is comprised of three movements:
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Six Promenades for wind Quintet, Op. 6.1, No. 1 ‘Moderato e molto maestoso’ by Sir Edward Elgar

In 1878, Elgar would complete a collection of 6 works for a wind ensemble comprised of two flutes, clarinet, oboe and bassoon. Each individual composition within the collection is short, indicating the work was designed to be performed in its entirety.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Trio in A minor, Op. 50 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky completed this work for piano, violin and cello in 1882 while living in Rome with the public premiere performance being given in October the same year in Moscow. The work is subtitled “In memory of a great artist” in reference to Nikolai Rubenstein who died in march of 1881.

This is the only piano trio Tchaikovsky would compose. Correspondance between Tchaikovsky and his benefactress Nadezhda von Meck in 1880 show the composer felt he had nothing to bring to the musical world through this ensemble, however by 1882, he would go on to explain that he wanted to ‘experiment’ with the format.

This work is comprised of two movements:
I. Pezzo elegiac
II. (A) Tema convariazioni

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42 by Frédéric Chopin

Chopin completed this short waltz for piano in 1840 while on one of the many holidays to Nohant between the years 1839 and 1843. This is considered one of the more difficult waltzes for piano that Chopin composed.

This waltz is in a single movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Caprice in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 7: Posato by Niccolò Paganini

Between the years of 1802 and 1817, Paganini would complete his collection of 24 ‘Caprices for Solo Violin’. Unlike previous collections for solo instrument such as J.S Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, this collection is not intended to provide a composition in all 24 keys but rather to allow the performer to display a multitude of skills and techniques for the violin. The popularity of these ‘Caprices” have resulted in their adaption to multiple ensembles, and they remain a regular performance piece for soloists, chamber groups and orchestras.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Bucolic Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams completed this work for orchestra in 1900 with the premiere performance being given in March of 1902 in Bournemouth. The previous year had seen Vaughan Williams receive his Doctorate of Music at Cambridge University, allowing the composer to present his works for publication in music enthusiast magazines and gazettes.

This work is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

In 1912, Rachmaninoff moved with his family to a house in Rome once used by fellow composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The same year, Rachmaninoff began work on his second piano sonata. Before the work was finished, both of Rachmaninoff’s daughters would contract typhoid fever, prompting Rachmaninoff to make the decision to take the family to Berlin to consult with recommended doctors.

Once both children were well again, Rachmaninoff took the family back to his Ivanovka estate in Russia. The completed sonata would have a premiere performance in October of 1913 in Kursk. Despite the work being well received by the public in Moscow, Rachaminoff was unsatisfied with the work and revised the sonata in 1931, making it considerably shorter.

This recording is of the 1913 original version.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius

The seventh and final completed symphony by Finnish composer Sibelius was completed in 1924 with the premiere performance being given in March the same year in Stockholm. Sibelius had originally given the name ‘Fantasia sinfonica’ to the work was agreed to simply call the piece the ‘Symphony No. 7’ when the work was published in 1925.

Despite being over 22 minutes in length, the symphony is comprised of a single continuous movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Scenes of a Country Life, Op. 19 by Edvard Grieg

Grieg completed this collection for piano in 1871. The individual pieces are based on folk music Grieg had encountered, however Grieg never gave specific details as to which folk songs he may have used. The final song in this collection includes music from the Carnival in Rome.

This collection is comprised of three pieces:
I. In the Mountains
II. Bridal Procession
III. Carnival Scene

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, KV. 456 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart completed this piano concerto in 1784. It is speculated that Mozart composed this concerto for Maria Theresa von Paradis, an Austrian musician who began to lose her sight at the age of 18. Her musical talent despite her condition made her a figure of admiration for other composers such as Mozart.

This work is comprised of three movements:
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Symphony No. 18 in G major, Hoboken I/18 by Joseph Haydn

It is difficult to confirm when Haydn completed this symphony, however it must have been completed no later than 1766 as the work was registered in the Breitkopf catalogue at this time. This would be the same year the House Esterhazy orchestra moving to Esterhaza in what is now Hungary.

This symphony is comprised of three movements:
I. Andante moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Tempo di Minuetto

8 months, 2 weeks ago

A Spring Song, H. 52 by Gustav Holst

Holst completed this short work for violin and piano in 1903. The previous year, Holst had managed to save enough funds to marry Isobel Harrison, a woman Holst had known for over 5 years. At this period in his life Holst was not yet a famous and sought-after composer, so when Holst’s father Adolph died in 1903, Holst and Isobel decided to spend the inheritance on a holiday to Germany as they would likely not get another chance for some time.

This work is comprised of a single movement.

8 months, 2 weeks ago

String Sextet Op. 23, No. 5 in D major, G. 458 by Luigi Boccherini

Boccherini completed a set of 6 string sextets for dual violin, viola and cello in 1776, making this collection one of the earliest if not the earliest collection of music for string sextet composed. Boccherini was in the service of the Infante Don Luis of Spain at the court in Madrid while composing this collection.

This work is comprised of four movements:
I. Grave
II. Allegro Brioso Assai
III. Minuetto
IV. Allegro Vivo Assai

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 115 by Gabriel Fauré

The second and final piano quintet composer Gabriel Fauré would write was completed 1921 with the premiere performance being given in May the same year by the Société nationale de musique in Paris. Evidence suggests Fauré began the work in 1919 while serving as Director of the Paris Conservatoire. Due to his increasing deafness and frailty, Fauré would be forced to retire from his position as Director, which gave the composer time to work on the quintet during a length holiday in Annecy in 1920. The final draft would be completed during a holiday to Nice in February of 1921.

This work is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegro vivo
III. Andante moderato
IV. Allegro molto

8 months, 2 weeks ago

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms

This work had originally begun as a string quartet which Brahms completed in 1862. The composer would revise the work to a sonata for two pianos and then finally as a quintet for piano, and string quartet in 1865. The original version would later receive a publication as a sonata Op. 34b. The final version of the quintet would have a premiere performance in June of 1866 in Liepzig. Brahms dedicated the work to Princess Anna of House Hesse.

This quintet is comprised of four movements:
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante, un poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Finale: Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo – Presto, non troppo

8 months, 3 weeks ago

String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven completed this quartet for two violins, viola and cello in 1825 with the premiere performance being given in March the same year. At this time, Beethoven was severely deaf by this stage of his life and only made a few public appearances due to his deteriorating health.

This quartet is comprised of four movements:
I. Maestoso – Allegro
II. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
III. Scherzando vivace
IV. Allegro

8 months, 3 weeks ago