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WHY DOES ART MATTER? WHY SHOULD WE SUPPORT THE ARTS?

Economic rationalists would point out that most artists are economically unviable. That is true, unfortunately. Creative artists generally have miserable incomes from their art, and survive by teaching or waiting on tables. Performing artists do not have it much better;

SibeliusSymphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 Performed by Sixten Ehrling, conductor Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio de Stockholm Recorded in 1952

Composers Anecdotes
Mozart’s Musical Journey
20 March 1784: Piano Concerto No. 14, K. 449

On 20 March 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sent his father the famous list of subscribers who paid an entrance fee of six gulden for three concerts at the Trattnerhof. “Here you have the list of all my subscribers,” he writes,

Forgotten records
Beethoven

BeethovenSymphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral” Performed by Hans Swarowsky, conductor Orchestre de l’Opéra d’Etat de Vienne Recorded in 1959 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68

Composers Anecdotes
Martinů: Julietta
Premiered Today in 1938

Haunted by the memory of Julietta, a girl he once spied singing from her window in a seaside holiday town, the Parisian bookseller Michel searches for her in his dreams. He meets a number of characters in increasingly bizarre encounters

My music
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2, “Vaarbrud” and 6, “Det himmelrivende” / GADE, J.: Tango Jalousie

Symphony No. 2, BVN 53, “Vaarbrud” (Awakening of Spring) II. Lento religioso quasi adagio From LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2, “Vaarbrud” and 6, “Det himmelrivende” / GADE, J.: Tango Jalousie (2018) Released by Dacapo Langgaard: Symphony No. 2, BVN 53,

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Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons

Few opera choruses are as moving as the one a group of prisoners sings in Act I of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Released temporarily from their cells, the inmates almost whisper a hymnlike paean to liberty: “Oh, what a joy to breathe