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🎧 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 Brahms’s Violin Concerto

The beautiful oboe solo that opens the Adagio. How could a musical moment Brahms feared "feeble" manage to arouse jealousy in violinists everywhere?

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

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...

This Week in Music History: The death of Prokofiev (1953)

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.

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Brahms’s First Piano...

Full of Christmas cheer, Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann in December 1857:

How well do you know Jacqueline Du Pré? Take our quiz...

Jacqueline Du Pré © David Farrell / Redferns On January 26th, the classical music community remembers...

This Week in Music History: Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra premieres (1944)

Hugely renowned in his native Europe, the young Béla Bartók can hardly have imagined that he would receive perhaps the most important commission of his life while languishing with an unknown disease on a hospital bed in New York, after several barren years. But the final chapter in Bartók’s life story was full of surprises.

A plethora of pianists!

While classical music connaisseurs are accustomed to seeing groups of string players, brass ensembles, or even saxophone quartets, multiple pianists taking the stage together can...

Bach to Basics: The Quiz

"Papa Haydn" was instrumental in the development of which genre(s)? What does "the curse of the ninth" refer to? How many movements were there...

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...