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  • Now a subject very much in vogue due to the Harry Potter books, sorcerers or wizards have been a source of inspiration for many composers. Read interpretations from Dukas, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Stravinsky, Purcell, Gilbert and Sullivan, Adolph Adam and Rimsky-Korsakov, and Andrew Thomas.

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Wizards and Sorcerers

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Wizards and Sorcerers

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • Samhain was the Celtic precursor of Halloween and is popular today. The old festival celebrated the last harvest of the year and the nearness of the Otherworld. Samhain songs can be an enjoyable part of modern celebrations.

    Songs for Samhain: A Harvest Festival and the Otherworld

    Songs for Samhain: A Harvest Festival and the Otherworld

    by Linda Crampton24

  • Dogs are commonly called man's best friend. Maybe not so much wolves and foxes, but read about how composers have been inspired by these wonderful creatures - Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Janáĉek, Prokoviev, Charles Lecoq, Franz Reizenstein and George Crumb.

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Dogs, Foxes and Wolves

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Dogs, Foxes and Wolves

    by Frances Metcalfe0

  • From crystal clear mountain tarns to the Caspian Sea, lakes have drawn mankind to both appreciate and fear their charms. Read how these composers have been inspired to write about them: Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, Lyadov, Eric Coates, Ola Gjeilo, Alan Hovhaness, Thea Musgrave and Robert Farnon.

    Classical Music Inspired by Lakes

    Classical Music Inspired by Lakes

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • Man has been able to create fire for at least a million years. Read about how composers of classical music have written music inspired by fire, including Debussy, Beethoven, Manuel de Falla, Shostakovich, Haydn, Prokoviev, Handel and Stravinsky.

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Fire

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Fire

    by Frances Metcalfe6

  • Do you want to play piano like Nodame, but are having trouble finding all the sheet music? Here is a collection of the featured piano music in the anime and live-action drama Nodame Cantabile.

    Piano Music in Nodame Cantabile

    Piano Music in Nodame Cantabile

    by Kymberly Fergusson16

  • Composers have found inspiration in ghostly matters and the psychological elements they inevitably throw up. Read how Stravinsky, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schumann, Dvorak, Wagner, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Gilbert & Sullivan and Adolphe Adam have set ghostly themes to music.

    11 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Ghosts

    11 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Ghosts

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • Many of us love Autumn's warm colours. They glow beautifully before they fall and nurture the earth. These composers have been inspired by Autumn: Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Vivaldi, Rautavaara, Massenet, Britten, Milhaud, Piazzolla, Oliver Knussen, Thea Musgrave, Edward MacDowell and John Cage.

    12 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Autumn

    12 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Autumn

    by Frances Metcalfe2

  • To some gardeners, roses are indispensable. Combining exquisite flowers with gorgeous scent they can be hard to resist. And when looking for a name for a new rose, why not turn to the great composers for inspiration. Read about 8 composers and the roses that they have been named after.

    8 Roses Named After Composers

    8 Roses Named After Composers

    by Frances Metcalfe5

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