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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Metcalfe6

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Metcalfe0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Hamish J Hutson-Hill2

  • 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

  • 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 Hamish J Hutson-Hill0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Fergusson14

  • 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

  • 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-4513

  • 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

  • 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.

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the Moon

    8 Pieces of Classical Music Inspired by the Moon

    by Frances Metcalfe5

  • 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

  • All of us have encountered storms of one sort or another in our lives. Unsurprisingly, composers have written music to conjure them up. Read how Haydn, Johann Strauss II, Khachaturian, Beethoven, Berlioz and Britten have found inspiration from storms in their music.

    6 Classical Composers and Compositions Inspired by Storms

    6 Classical Composers and Compositions Inspired by Storms

    by Frances Metcalfe4

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

    Sad Stories From Classical Music

    Sad Stories From Classical Music

    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

  • 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

  • Wondering exactly what a minuet and trio might be? Find out where the musical form originates, what a trio really is, and how the whole thing is put together.

    A Guide to the Minuet and Trio Form

    A Guide to the Minuet and Trio Form

    by JohnMello12

  • 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

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