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Carl Nielsen’s Aladdin score is astonishingly evocative and shamelessly theatrical. But it's not just the music that made a lot of noise at the 1919 premiere...
The "talking" bass clarinet impersonating a caterpillar. Life in Unsuk Chin's psychadelic version of wonderland sure is a trip!
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...
The opening flute solo. In just four measures, Debussy sets the tone for the sensual dream-like atmosphere that characterizes the whole piece.
From gruesome tale to Christmas tradition, follow Hansel und Gretel on their journey into the woods and onto the opera stage...
Strauss’s opera Salome scandalized the musical world in 1905—and again in May 1906, when, as Ross vividly describes, the Austrian premiere in Graz drew together an astonishing array of musical luminaries, from Mahler to Schoenberg to Puccini. “Like a flash of lightning,” Ross writes, “it illuminated a musical world on the verge of traumatic change. Past and future were colliding; centuries were passing in the night.”
Franz Liszt was born in the Hungarian town of Raiding on October 22, 1811—a little more than a year after the births of Chopin and Schumann. Unlike those two composers, however, he reached old age: he died at 75, three years after his friend and son-in-law Richard Wagner. He’s one of very few composers whose life makes the 19th century look rather short.
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