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Mozart’s Seven Saddest Pieces of Music
Learn the stories behind each piece

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Carolyn Sampson
‘We Have To Embrace Our Own Route And Do What Seems Right’ Described as ‘radiant’ [The Times] and with a ‘freshness of tone, superb control and subtle sensuality’ [The Guardian], British soprano Carolyn Sampson has achieved international acclaim from the
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The “Harmonic Inspiration” of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
“L’estro armonico”
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) had an interesting personality, to say the least. His vanity was notorious as he boasted of his fame and illustrious patrons. Apparently, he also told everybody who wanted to know or not, that he “could compose a
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Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
“No art could be less spontaneous than mine”
Famous for his pastel drawings and oil paintings, Edgar Degas, born on 19 July 1834 in Paris, held a lifelong fascination and passion for music. And while he was not a musician, he did come from a family with a
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MUSIC OF THE WEEK

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The piece that opens Woodland Sketches, ‘No. 1: To A Wild Rose’ was one of these discarded morning exercises, which was rescued from the trash when his wife said it reminded her of some wild roses growing close to the house. Have a listen!

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Mendelssohn for Beginners
10 Pieces to Make You Love Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn was born in 1809 in Hamburg, Germany. He became one of the most dazzling talents in classical music history and helped to lay the ground for classical music’s Romantic Era. Here are a few facts about his life
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