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Brahms and Tchaikovsky shared a birthday but little else. Tchaikovsky thought the German a "mediocre composer" and having met him, "a frightful tippler"...
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.
Full of Christmas cheer, Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann in December 1857:
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.
Classical music has such a long, storied history, that it can be difficult to know where to start. Each week, we’ll be exploring an...