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This Week in Music History: The premiere of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony...

Napoleon may have ceased to be Beethoven’s hero, but the composer and his imposing Eroica Symphony have a heroism of their own.

This Week in Music History: Schubert is born (1797)

Franz Peter Schubert’s parents, Franz Theodor and Maria Elisabeth, were wise to get to church as soon as possible after his birth on January 31, 1797.

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Mozart’s (completed) Requiem...

“As obscure as it is strange,” was how Mozart’s first biographer, Franz Xaver Niemetschek, described the story of his Requiem in 1798.

This Week in Music History: Beethoven finishes the Heiligenstadt Testament (1802)

"How could I possibly admit such an infirmity in the one sense which should have been more perfect in me than in others," Beethoven asks in his Heiligenstadt Testament.

This Week in Music History: The Premiere of Mozart’s La Clemenza...

Despite what a certain well-known film would have us believe, the composer Antonio Salieri did not plot to assassinate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The brilliant film (and play) Amadeus took, let’s say, a few liberties with the historical truth. But surprisingly, it is true that Salieri was responsible—albeit indirectly—for making Mozart’s workload significantly more complicated in the chaotic final year of his life.

Bach to Basics III: Chamber Music

The final installment in this round of our Bach to Basics series dips its toes into the wide world of chamber music.  Read closely if you want...

The Curse of the Ninth

In honor of Friday the 13th, we're taking a look at one of classical music's most entrenched—and certainly most macabre—legends: the curse of the...

Bach to Basics: II. The Concerto

Our Bach to Basics series continues with the most dazzling of instrumental genres, the concerto! The concerto as we think of it...

Bach to Basics: I. The Symphony

Over the next few weeks, we'll be exploring three of the building blocks of the classical music canon: the symphony, the concerto, and chamber music. Stay sharp!...