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  • Composers inspired by the sea. Britten, Wagner, Debussy, Elgar, Delius, Ravel, Alkan and Mendelssohn all wrote with the sea in mind amid storms, calm seas, the waves and from the sea shore.

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the Sea

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the Sea

    by Frances Metcalfe1

  • For thousands of years man has been fascinated by the moon, finally landing on it in 1969. Read about inspiration taken from the moon by composers: Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy, Schonberg, Britten, Dvorak, Janacek and Vítězslav Novak.

    7 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the Moon

    7 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the Moon

    by Frances Metcalfe5

  • This article has been written as a guide for musicians taking high level music diplomas to help in the successful production of program notes. This also provides a basis to learn an effective way to write program notes for concerts and other professional performances.

    A Guide to Writing Programme Notes

    A Guide to Writing Programme Notes

    by HamishHutson-Hill0

  • Read about classical music composers depicting morningtime, Ravel, Debussy, Haydn, Elgar, Roussel, Grieg and Delius all taking inspiration in different ways, from Greek classical literature and a painted ceiling to time spent on an orange plantation.

    7 Classical Music Compositions Inspired by Morning

    7 Classical Music Compositions Inspired by Morning

    by Frances Metcalfe8

  • Whether you prefer big blooms, heavy scents, or tiny, almost insignificant florets, there is a flower for you. Read about Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss II, Schumann, Bizet, Delibes, Puccini, Jean Françaix, and other composers who have been inspired to write about flowers.

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Flowers

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Flowers

    by Frances Metcalfe3

  • A look at Mozart's most popular songs, overtures, symphonies, and piano concerto movements. Find out which pieces of his music have stood the test of time and continue to be popular today.

    Mozart's Most Famous & Popular Music

    Mozart's Most Famous & Popular Music

    by MatthewWA21

  • Read through the night with John Field, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Manuel de Falla, Britten, Rossini and Mozart and Schönberg. On the way visit gardens, sirens and lovers working out a painful relationship, tolling bells and evening sunsets and a bit of light entertainment fit for a soirée.

    7 Classical Composers and Compositions Inspired by the Night

    7 Classical Composers and Compositions Inspired by the Night

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • 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

  • It's hardly surprising that composers have written about the devil—according to that well-known phrase he's supposed to get the best tunes. Read about composers who found devilish inspiration: Tartini, Gounod, Mussorgsky, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz, Liszt, Stravinsky, Verdi, Boito and John Field.

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired By the Devil

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired By the Devil

    by Frances Metcalfe6

  • The Leipzig Opera House runs regular house tours, allowing visitors access to the stage, backstage, costume storage and much more. For those who can't visit in person, here is a virtual tour!

    Backstage Photos from the Leipzig Opera

    Backstage Photos from the Leipzig Opera

    by Kymberly Fergusson2

  • Passive, aggressive and everything in between, there is rarely a time when wind cannot be detected in the air. Read how composers have been influenced by wind: Chopin, Sibelius, Debussy, Szymanowski, Britten, Takemitsu, Vaughan Williams, John Luther Adams, and Michael Burritt.

    Classical Music Inspired by the Wind

    Classical Music Inspired by the Wind

    by Frances Metcalfe2

  • This article contains a recording of each movement from Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval” along with brief notes for each movement that form a listening guide. A printable file of the notes is included for free distribution wherever the “Carnaval” is performed.

    The Classical Piano Music of Robert Schumann: The Carnaval

    The Classical Piano Music of Robert Schumann: The Carnaval

    by wayseeker16

  • After you have gone through this list, it will be clear to you that a piano sonata can be a lot of different things - for instance a short, four-minute, one movement piece; or a five movement work of epic proportions. is. This hub is intended as an overview of some of the most important sonata composers and some of their masterworks.

    10 Best Classical Piano Sonatas?

    10 Best Classical Piano Sonatas?

    by Piano Street33

  • 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

  • Read about great female pianists, Kathryn Stott, Mitsuko Uchida, Angela Hewitt, Maria Joao Pires, Marta Argerich, Alicia de Larrocha and some wonderful pianists from a bygone age like Lili Kraus.

    10 Great Female Pianists

    10 Great Female Pianists

    by Frances Metcalfe8

  • Mozart’s music still has the ability to move us, to inspire us, and to enthrall us. So what’s so special about him?

    Mozart's Musical Genius

    Mozart's Musical Genius

    by JohnMello4

  • Many composers love the outdoors and the sound of birds. Article on birdsong in classical music. Cuckoo, hen, lark, bobolink, red cardinal, quail, nightingale, oriole and exotic species all here.

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Birds

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Birds

    by Frances Metcalfe3

  • Mirrors have played a significant part as part of man's spiritual, mystical and ceremonial heritage since the dawn of ages. Read how composers have expressed their view of reflections: Ravel, Avo Pärt, Poulenc, Henri Dutilleux, Strauss, Barber, Hendrik Andrriessen, and an unverified piece by Mozart.

    Mirrors Reflected in Classical Music

    Mirrors Reflected in Classical Music

    by Frances Metcalfe6

  • Rain is a life giver. No wonder there are so many rain gods devoted to it. Read how composers have be inspired by rain: Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, Britten, Takemitsu, Schubert, Gerard Finzi, and Hamish MacCann.

    Classical Music Inspired by Rain

    Classical Music Inspired by Rain

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • Read about composers' visions of travel. Ravel, Mahler, Honegger, Offenbach, Vaughan Willliams , Jan Sandström and John Adams all composed pieces based on a form of transport, boats, bikes, locomotives and aeroplanes, and of course, feet.

    Classical Music Inspired by Travel

    Classical Music Inspired by Travel

    by Frances Metcalfe2

  • 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

  • This hub-page is for those that are taking the GCSE Music. This hub-page includes all the information you need to know; both basic and advanced, about the 1st Movement of Symphony No.40 in G minor.

    GCSE Music Analysis: Symphony No.40 in G Minor

    GCSE Music Analysis: Symphony No.40 in G Minor

    by Lucas Tomlin0

  • This article has the intention to educate the reader as to the origins and development of romantic era piano solos. This article will specialise in the analysis of Frederic Chopin and his use of musical imagery and innovative romantic style techniques.

    A Guide to the Development of Early Romantic Piano Music

    A Guide to the Development of Early Romantic Piano Music

    by HamishHutson-Hill2

  • Using a combination of written program notes and explanatory videos that include musical examples, this article prepares the reader to listen to a performance of Bartók’s “Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm” with informed and detailed insight.

    The Mikrokosmos by Béla Bartók: "Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm"

    The Mikrokosmos by Béla Bartók: "Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm"

    by wayseeker2

  • 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

  • The Earth, home to a myriad of flora and fauna and humans who have inhabited every continent of the planet. Read how composers have been inspired by our fascinating globe: Haydn, Mahler, Milhaud, Schönberg, John Luther Adams, Andrew Christie and Austin Fray, George Fenton and Harrison Birtwistle.

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired By the Earth

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired By the Earth

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • Man has found solace in trees, woods and forests since time immemorial. Trees are essential to life on Earth. Read about how composers have been inspired by trees: Schubert, Schumann, Verdi, Liszt, Shostakovich, Saint-Saëns, Johann Strauss II, Respighi, Roussel and Edward McDowell.

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Trees

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Trees

    by Frances Metcalfe8

  • Did you know that much of what people call "classical music" technically isn't Classical? Knowing the periods of classical music can make it easier to find music you like when shopping for classical music. Here's a brief overview of the different periods of music that typically fall into what people refer to as classical music.

    A Brief History of Classical Music

    A Brief History of Classical Music

    by M. Beck11

  • 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

  • This article is about the early history of the symphony in western classical music. Beginning in Italy and continuing through Haydn, early symphony composers opened the door for future composers that would become synonymous with the genre.

    The Early History of the Symphony: Origins and Evolving Structure

    The Early History of the Symphony: Origins and Evolving Structure

    by Music-and-Art-4514

  • 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

  • I don't know anyone who doesn't dream in their sleep or have dreams they want to achieve. Read about composers who have taken inspiration from dreams: Debussy, Liszt, Berlioz, Takemitsu, Ravel and Giles Farnaby.

    6 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Dreams

    6 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Dreams

    by Frances Metcalfe2

  • As human beings, we’re all so inundated in what is around us. Perhaps we are nothing more than just a product of that. Is there something from within that makes people different from one another? Are some people born with special genius? Either way, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a true genius.

    Mozart: Looking at What Inspired the Inspiration

    Mozart: Looking at What Inspired the Inspiration

    by Linzie Roberts1

  • Indian classical music is known for its diverse form of melodic structure and rhythmic improvisation associated with time cycles. This article celebrates the greatest vocalists and instrumentalists in Indian classical music.

    100 Greatest Indian Classical Musicians

    100 Greatest Indian Classical Musicians

    by Ansel Pereira0

  • Beethoven's musical output can be divided into three different periods. These are the early, middle, and late periods. Each corresponds chronologically with his life and each has its own distinct sound. Focusing on the early period this article looks at how Beethoven began to rise up and became the greatest composer of his time.

    Beethoven's Three Compositional Periods: The Early Period

    Beethoven's Three Compositional Periods: The Early Period

    by Music-and-Art-454

  • Priests normally preach through sermons; these talented priests spoke through music. Their lives of prayer served as a wellspring of creativity.

    Four Priest Composers

    Four Priest Composers

    by Bede17

  • 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 Metcalfe2

  • Beethoven's musical output can be divided into three different periods. These are the early, middle, and late periods. Each corresponds chronologically with his life and each has its own distinct sound. Focusing on the middle period this article looks at the music that Beethoven wrote, that has since become his most popular.

    Beethoven's Three Compositional Periods: The Middle Period

    Beethoven's Three Compositional Periods: The Middle Period

    by Music-and-Art-458

  • Everyone has to eat and drink. It's one of life's pleasures, whether a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings or a vegan Indian spread of many dishes. Classical music with food at its heart by Debussy, Prokofiev, Satie, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Verdi, and Schubert.

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Food and Drink

    10 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by Food and Drink

    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

  • Read about what tragedies befell some of our most treasured composers - Purcell, Dvorak, Alban Berg, Weber, Bizet, Arriaga and Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.

    Sad Stories From Classical Music

    Sad Stories From Classical Music

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • Beethoven's 3rd Symphony is the composition that launched Beethoven's Middle Period, an era where Beethoven produced his most well-known compositions. The 3rd Symphony changed the symphonic landscape forever, which led many to ask, what is the meaning of Beethoven's 3rd?

    The Meaning of Beethoven's 3rd Symphony

    The Meaning of Beethoven's 3rd Symphony

    by Music-and-Art-452

  • Read about composers using snow as their inspiration: Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Liszt, and the little known Sviridov. They all used snow in different guises to show off their art.

    7 Classical Composers and Compositions Inspired By Snow

    7 Classical Composers and Compositions Inspired By Snow

    by Frances Metcalfe2

  • Beethoven's musical output can be divided into three different periods. These are the early, middle, and late periods. Each corresponds chronologically with his life and each has its own distinct sound. Focusing on the late period this article looks at the music that Beethoven wrote that was his most ambitious, and was written while he was completely deaf.

    Beethoven's Three Compositional Periods: The Late Period

    Beethoven's Three Compositional Periods: The Late Period

    by Music-and-Art-453

  • With all the choices in music to listen to today, it's no wonder that many people shy away from music that they don’t understand.This article will give you helpful information so that you might say - Why not listen to classical music.

    Why Not Listen to Classical Music?

    Why Not Listen to Classical Music?

    by Reginald Thomas0

  • 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

  • The last ice age finished around 11,700 years ago and when you think of ice, what comes to mind? Read about composers who have been inspired by ice: Prokoviev, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Waldteufel, Purcell, Peter Maxwell Davies, Terje Isungset and George Fenton.

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired By Ice

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired By Ice

    by Frances Metcalfe4

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