Ep. 49: Fallen Heroes – Beethoven and His Symphony No. 3

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.

Ep. 18A: Rachmaninoff Ridiculed – Rachmaninoff and His Symphony No. 1

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 […]

Ep. 14: Musical Warfare – Shostakovich and His Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”)

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 […]