Monday, September 21, 2020

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...

first edition Debussy Prelude to the afternoon of a faun

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

The opening flute solo. In just four measures, Debussy sets the tone for the sensual dream-like atmosphere that characterizes the whole piece.

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Bizet’s Carmen

The habanera. Bizet blends a lilting Cuban rhythm, a "borrowed" Spanish melody, and a heavy dose of chromaticism into one of opera's most recognizable hits.

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2

The piano 🎹 It may seem obvious to listen to the piano in a piano concerto, but if we look closer, there's a bit more to it than that...

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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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