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A Symphony of a Thousand
Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand” (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Kubelik 1970) When the Mahler family arrived in Maiernigg — an idyllic village located on the southern shore of Lake Wörth in the Austrian province of Carinthia — for their
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Handel’s Semele: A wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Throughout the 17th century, all forms of staged musical theater were strictly forbidden during Lenten season. To substitute for this lack of operatic entertainment, this period of fasting and prayer that prepares believers for the celebration of Easter did see
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A Recipe for Success?
Verdi, Pacini,and Rossini
Almost immediately after the premiere of Oberto in 1839, a contemporary critic considered the question of Verdi’s personal musical style. “Many salient features of this style are not Signor Verdi’s own,” he wrote. “The crescendo and the use — not
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Musical Ventriloquism
Bach Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne Menuhin Within the enormous variety and diversity of musical compositions, only a select few ever manage to withstand the test of time. One such work is the “Chaconne”
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Premiere at “La Scala”
Verdi, Lavigna and Rossini
Giuseppe Verdi was one of the most precocious musical talents of all times. At age three, he was given a spinet and took up studies with Don Pietro Baistrocchi, organist at his home village of Roncale. When Baistrocchi passed away
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The Wagner Dilemma
Giacomo Meyerbeer followed the tremendous financial and artistic success of Robert le diable with another blockbuster. Les Huguenots, five years in the making, dramatically staged the bloody events of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in Paris in August of 1572,
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A musical and “fantastique” Revolution
Hector Berlioz : Symphonie Fantastique
On December 11, 1803, Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), who might be considered one of the fullest embodiments of the Romantic Movement, was born in a small provincial town in the French Alps. In his memoirs, he detailed with great clarity and
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Tempting Fate!
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor (1903-1904)
In November 1901, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) first met Alma Schindler, Vienna’s most eligible Bachelorette. Stepdaughter of the painter Carl Moll, Alma took painting lessons from Gustav Klimt and composition lessons from Josef Labor and Alexander Zemlinsky, with whom she also
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