Explore some of the works for violin and orchestra that carry descriptive titles and involve extra-musical narratives.
An easy classical guitar study by Aguado with standard notation, guitar tablature, audio demo and study notes for learners
Famous German Composers of Classical Music - Biographies and videos to showcase the work of Beethoven, Bach, Wagner, and others greats from history.
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!
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.
The Ars Nova period in music history began in 14th century France and would lay the groundwork for modern music notation.
Sergei Prokofiev was a major twentieth-century composer who has left us some beautiful music as a legacy. His compositions were often unusual for his time.
Priests normally preach through sermons; these talented priests spoke through music. Their lives of prayer served as a wellspring of creativity.
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.
Famous Russian Composers of Classical Music - Historical biographies and videos to showcase the music of Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and others.
Doug Perry is a percussionist, composer and music educator based in Connecticut. His musical passions and abilities span a wide range of genres from jazz to classical, traveling down many other musical avenues along the way.
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.
There is a mystery surrounding the composition of Adagio in G Minor for Organ and Strings. Who really composed one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces ever written?
Famous Italian Composers of Classical Music - Biographies and videos demonstrate the history of Italian music, and the works of Verdi, Vivaldi, and others.
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.
Includes embedded videos, text and translations, general remarks about each piece and specific listening guides. Learn to love Renaissance choral music (no prior knowledge required)!
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.
Learn this fingerstyle/ classical guitar arrangement of the Elizabethan dance piece, Kemp's Jig. The score containing both notation and tablature staffs is included along with an audio recording.
Have you heard of the ondes Martenot, the lira organizzata, theramin, barytone, arpeggione, musical saw, musical clock or glass harmonica? Unusual instruments great composers have written for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article provides excerpts and details from five of the meanest, harshest, and the most unsympathetic reviews of Classical composers that are viewed as geniuses today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All you need to know, in detail, about Handel's 'And The Glory Of The Lord', for Edexcel's Music GCSE.
Rigoletto is a popular opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. In this article I discuss the opera's history, plot, and leading characters. I also include some of its lovely music.
Herein: (i) brief background commentary on the concerti; (ii) youtube clips of the first three concerti; (iii) brief commentary on each movement of the first three concerti; (iv) recommended books and recordings.
The Barber of Seville, Pagliacci, Falstaff, and A Masked Ball are popular Italian operas. In this article I include a synopsis of each opera and some of its music.
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.
All you need to know, in detail, about Mozart's 'Symphony No.40 in G Minor', for Edexcel's Music GCSE.
The cornett, cornetto, or zink produces a lovely sound that often resembles the human voice. It has finger holes like a recorder and a mouthpiece like a trumpet. It's popular with early music fans.
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?
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.
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.
Mozart’s music still has the ability to move us, to inspire us, and to enthrall us. So what’s so special about him?
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.
Play this easy classical guitar duet with a partner or with either part in the audio track. Standard notation, guitar tab and separated stereo audio tracks are included.
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.
The classical music genre includes some lovely music about mothers. Sharing a playlist of these pieces and listening to them is a great way to honor and celebrate motherhood.
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.
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.
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.
If you've never been to a symphony, it's time you did. See why millions attend each year. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center offers the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Famous Austrian Composers of Classical Music - Historical biographies and videos to showcase the music of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, and Mahler.
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.
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.
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.
Read about what tragedies befell some of our most treasured composers - Purcell, Dvorak, Alban Berg, Weber, Bizet, and Felix and fanny Mendelssohn.
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.
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.
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.
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.