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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!

This Week in Music History: Handel’s funeral in Westminster Abbey (1759)

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.

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: Antonio Stradivari dies (1737)

Classical music has such a long, storied history, that it can be difficult to know where to start. Each week, we’ll be...

This Week in Music History: Don Giovanni premieres (1787)

It’s a strange thought that the farcical Figaro would be followed up with an opera in which the protagonist—a compulsive womanizer, as well as a murderer—literally descends to hell, leaving behind a smattering of his victims to try and rebuild their shattered lives.

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.