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Handel's funeral in 1759 culminated in his burial in Westminster Abbey. Handel was German, but the 1784 "Commemoration" concert was that of a Englishman.
Freddie Mercury described Monserrat Caballé's voice as “the best in the world.” Caballé was a born diva, and in 1964, became an instant star...
Napoleon may have ceased to be Beethoven’s hero, but the composer and his imposing Eroica Symphony have a heroism of their own.
After Mussorgsky's death, Rimsky-Korsokov lead the way in editing his legendary music for performance. But the Mussorgsky saga is little known ...
The Matthew Passion was all but buried with Bach in 1750. But following its 1829 resurrection, courtesy of Felix Mendelssohn, it seems to have taken on a life of its own...
150 years after Hector Berlioz's death, we recognise a man who dauntlessly pursued his artistic vision — his life and music a complex web of passion...
Prokofiev had the misfortune of dying the same day as Stalin. Entangled in death as in life, both men left their mark on the twentieth century.
The debut of Bizet's incendiary femme fatale who, for all her fatal attraction, couldn't win over her first audience...
Certain facts speak for themselves when it comes to the premiere of Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala, Milan, on February 9, 1893. The Falstaff premiere, 1893. Fit to bursting,...
There are relatively few shoemakers with their own entry in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the standard reference work for classical music. But Hans Sachs was no ordinary shoemaker.