Sunday, March 7, 2021

Editor's Pick

How to stage a controversy: Carl Nielsen’s Aladdin

Carl Nielsen’s Aladdin score is astonishingly evocative and shamelessly theatrical. But it's not just the music that made a lot of noise at the 1919 premiere... 💖s


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A few things to listen for...

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

With its vivid depiction of Mother Nature, Vivaldi's Four Seasons needs little introduction. But what about all the creatures that inhabit this musical world? From chirping birds to barking dogs, Vivaldi's animals have voices of their own!

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Le Ballet Royal de la Nuit

1653, France. The "Sun King" takes over the ballet stage and the reins of the country: a legendary moment of art-as-propaganda...

🎧 One Thing to Listen for Ravel’s Boléro

A single rhythmic cell is repeated 150+ times, yet the piece is far from static. How does Ravel do it? Timbre, orchestration, and one really long crescendo.

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So you think you know dance?

Which animal is responsible for Nikiya's death in La Bayadère, one of ballet's most tragic moments? Just how long is the typical tutu in the Romantic ballet? Can you recognize what ballet basics like an arabesque or a grand jeté look like on stage? Let's find out!
6 famous classical pianists

Can you guess the classical pianist just by seeing their hands?

You might be able to recognize today's top classical pianists if you crossed paths with them on the street, or even be able to...

The Grand La Scala Quiz

It's quiz time at La Scala, Milan! Which artist loves gummy bears? Which artist is a New York Times "overachiever?" Get to know your star-studded cast...

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