Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Red Priest

Vivaldi's nickname was "The Red Priest", because of his hair color and him being a priest.

The March King

Sousa's nickname was "The March King", because of the many marches he composed.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms

Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms is the most famous Hungarian Dance out of the set of 21.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Classical works

I listed some classical works I like.

Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 - by Bach
Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 - by Bach
String Quartets Nos. 1-2, Op. 51 - by Brahms
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 - by Brahms
The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - by Bach
Violin Concerto, Op. 14 - by Barber

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bach an organist

Besides composing music, Bach was also a virtuoso organist.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mozart's Turkish March

Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 is famous for its last movement. It is called "Alla Turca", known as "Turkish March". It is one of Mozart's most known piano works.

Mozart's minor key symphonies

Symphonies No. 25 and No. 40 are Mozart's only minor key symphonies. They are both in G minor.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Symphonic poems

I listed some symphonic poems I like.

Marche Slave in B flat minor, Op. 31 - by Tchaikovsky
Symphonic Poems Nos. 1-13 - by Liszt

Tchaikovsky's symphonies

Tchaikovsky composed seven symphonies.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tchaikovsky's ballets

Tchaikovsky composed three ballets.

Beethoven's symphonies

Beethoven composed nine symphonies.

Beethoven's three periods

Beethoven's works are divided into Early, Middle, and Late periods. The approximate times for the periods are; Early, until 1802, Middle, until 1812, and Late is until 1827.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Popular 20th century opera composers

Some of the most popular 20th century opera composers are Puccini and Strauss.

Popular Baroque opera composers

Some of the most popular Baroque period opera composers are Handel, Rameau, and Lully.

Popular Classical opera composers

Some of the most popular Classical period opera composers are Mozart, Gluck, and Rossini.

Popular Romantic opera composers

Some of the most popular Romantic period opera composers are Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, Bellini, Wagner, and Verdi.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Lully's operas

Lully is known for his operas. Some of them are Alceste, Armide, and Persée.

Mahler's symphonies

Mahler composed nine symphonies.

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Vivaldi is known for The Four Seasons. From 1723, they are some of the most known violin concertos in classical music.

Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue is from 1924. By George Gershwin, it is one of the most famous American classical works.

Carmen by Bizet

Bizet is known for his opera Carmen. From 1875, it is one of the most popular and performed operas in the world today.

The Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa

"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by Sousa is from 1897. It is the national march of the United States.

Sousa's marches

Sousa is known for his marches. Some of them are "The Thunderer", "The Liberty Bell", "Semper Fidelis", and "The Stars and Stripes Forever".

Rossini's operas

Rossini is known for his operas. Some of them are The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Brahms' symphonies

Brahms composed four symphonies.

Chopin's works

All of Chopin's works are for the piano.

Popular 20th century composers

Some of the most popular 20th century composers are Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Britten, Strauss, and Saint Saëns.

Popular Romantic composers

Some of the most popular Romantic period composers are Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvořák, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Verdi, and Chopin.

Popular Classical composers

Some of the most popular Classical period composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Handel, Rameau, and Hayden.

Popular Baroque composers

Some of the most popular Baroque period composers are Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and Lully.

Most known 20th century composer

Shostakovich is one of the most known composers from the 20th century.

Most known Romantic composer

Beethoven is one of the most known composers from the Romantic period.

Most known Classical composer

Mozart is one of the most known composers from the Classical period.

Most known Baroque composer

Bach is one of the most known composers from the Baroque period.

The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker ballet from 1892 by Tchaikovsky, has some of the most famous music ever from a ballet. The ballet and the music are very popular around Christmas.

String Quartet No. 8 by Shostakovich

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Shostakovich is from 1960. It is known for its dark and intense second movement.

Toccata and Fugue by Bach

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Bach is one of the most famous works for organ. The music sounds stormy and dark at times. It is one of Bach's best works.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" is one of the best works ever written in classical music. From 1824, Beethoven was almost completely deaf when he composed it.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

No operas by Bach

Bach composed a lot of music during the Baroque period, including oratorios, concertos, and masses, but no operas.

The Italian Mozart

Rossini's nickname was "The Italian Mozart", because of his song-like melodies.

Debussy's only completed opera

Pelléas et Mélisande is the only opera Debussy completed. Pelléas et Mélisande was first performed in 1902.

Wagner librettos

Wagner wrote the libretto for all of his operas.

Wagner's Ring Cycle

Wagner's four epic operas make up the Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The four operas are Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung.

Most opera houses

Many opera houses are located in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

First opera house

The first opera house open to the public was the Teatro San Cassiano in Venice, Italy in 1637.

Opera history

Opera started in Italy at the end of the 16th century.

Popular operas

Some of the most popular operas performed today are by Italian, French, and German composers. Some of the operas are Aida, Carmen, La boheme, La traviata, Madama Butterfly, and The Barber of Seville.

First opera ever

The first opera ever is Dafne by Peri. It was probably performed in 1597-1598.

Beethoven's only opera

Fidelio is the only opera by Beethoven. It was first performed in 1805.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Classical works

I listed some classical works I like.

Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß - by Lehár
L'arlesiana: È la solita storia del pastore - by Cilea
La bohème: O soave fanciulla - by Puccini
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici - by Verdi
Samson and Delilah: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - by Saint Saëns

Arias

I listed some arias I like.

Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß - by Lehár
L'arlesiana: È la solita storia del pastore - by Cilea
La bohème: O soave fanciulla - by Puccini
Samson and Delilah: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - by Saint-Saëns

The Berlin Concert

The Berlin Concert

The Berlin Concert is a 2006 concert from the Waldbuhne amphitheatre in Berlin, Germany. With over 20,000 fans, it features soprano Anna Netrebko, tenor Rolando Villazón, and tenor Plácido Domingo. Some of my favorite performances are L'arlesiana: "È la solita storia del pastore" (Domingo), Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro" (Netrebko), "Júrame" (Villazón), Giuditta: "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (Netrebko), "La danza" (Villazón), and La traviata: "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (Netrebko), (Villazón), (Domingo). The Berlin Concert is an exciting and high energy must see performance for opera fans.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Opera Gala

The Opera Gala

The Opera Gala is a 2007 concert from The Festival Theatre in Baden-Baden, Germany. It features soprano Anna Netrebko, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, baritone Ludovic Tézier, and tenor Ramón Vargas. Some of my favorite performances are L'elisir d'amore: "Una furtiva lagrima" (Vargas), Samson and Delilah: "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" (Garanza), La bohème: "O soave fanciulla" (Vargas), (Netrebko), Giuditta: "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (Netrebko), "La danza" (Vargas), and the Carmen: "Toreador Song" (Tézier). This is a must see show for all opera fans.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Maurizio Pollini - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

Composed near 1820, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are some of the best classical music for piano ever. Some of my favorite variations are 4, 10, 19, and 32. All of these are performed with great piano playing by Maurizio Pollini.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Borodin String Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 7, 8 & 12

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 7, 8 & 12

Shostakovich composed some of the best string quartets ever. These were composed from the 1940s to the 1960s and are a must hear for everyone who likes string quartets. This is a great recording by the Borodin String Quartet.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Anna Bolena was first performed in 1830. Will King Henry the VIII spare his wife Anna Bolena after he accusses her of being unfaithful? King Henry's wife, played by soprano Anna Netrebko has great singing along with Elina Garanca. The costumes for the opera are stunning. This opera was performed in 2011 at the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Handel: Admeto

Handel: Admeto

Admeto was first performed in 1727. It is one of my favorite Handel operas. Who will Admeto choose? Alceste or Antigona? All of the performance are great, including Tim Mead who plays the King, Kirsten Blaise, who plays Antigona, and Marie Arnet who plays Alceste. This opera was performed in 2009 at the Deutsches Theater in Germany.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly was first performed in 1904. It is one of the most performed operas today. The story is set in 1904 in Nagasaki, Japan. The opera uses Japanese pupperty for the child of Madama Butterfly. Madama Butterfly, played by Patricia Racette, has great singing throughout opera. This opera was performed in 2009 at the Met in New York City, and has very nice set designs and costumes.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lully: Armide

Lully: Armide

Armide was first performed in 1686. It is one of Lully's best operas. Will Armide choose hatred or give in to her feelings of love for Renaud? Armide, played by Stéphanie D'oustrac stands out. Armide also has great set designs and costumes, along with the Baroque music of Lully. This opera was performed in 2008 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France.