In the first drafts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, there is a name that appeared as the subtitle before it was scribbled out and changed to ‘Eroica’. Originally Beethoven dedicated this symphony to his personal hero, a man who would soon instigate his own demise when he crowned himself Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte.
Every piece of music Anton Bruckner ever wrote was dedicated to God, and his Symphony No. 9 was no exception. What is strange though is that it almost seems as if Bruckner knew that he would be leaving this symphony unfinished.
Today’s episode is Part 1 of a two part episode sharing the decline and revitalization of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s career. Today’s episode will center around Rachmaninoff’s slink into depression after the travesty that was the premiere of his Symphony No. 1 while next week’s episode will shed some light on how he managed to […]
While it is speculated that Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich began writing his Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 before the Nazi German armies began bombarding the city of Leningrad, there is no doubt that his accomplishments, and the accomplishments of the musicians of Leningrad, loosened the hinges of the Nazi army and helped […]
Commissioned by the Finnish government and inspired by the migration of swans, Jean Sibelius would create one of his most important works. It was not only important musically, but for how significant it played a role in Sibelius’ life.