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Offenbach turns 200: Quiz Time!

Hereinspaziert, Bienvenue, and Welcome to Offenbach's 200th birthday quiz.

10 Dinner Party Facts about Offenbach

Offenbach was quite a character. French-German, Parisian and Offenbacher, an accomplished cellist and brazen prankster, he lived out his own cariacature...

10 Dinner Party Facts about Tchaikovsky

From the Nutcracker to the 6th Symphony, Tchaikovsky gave us some of the world's most beautiful music. But his was far from a charmed life...

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Verdi’s Messa da...

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was premiered in Milan's San Marco church under the baton of the conductor himself. Just 3 days later it lit up La Scala...

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)

Pietro Mascagni's verismo opera Cavalleria Rusticana started out as an unlikely competition entry. But its triumph saw the young Italian become "maestro."

Karajan versus Karajan: How different can two Eroicas be?

Karajan recorded two versions of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” both featuring the same orchestra. Is one definitive? Two Karajans battle it out...

This Week in Music History: Brahms and Tchaikovsky were born (1833/1840)

Brahms and Tchaikovsky shared a birthday but little else. Tchaikovsky thought the German a "mediocre composer" and having met him, "a frightful tippler"...

🎧 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?

How to stage a controversy: Carl Nielsen’s Aladdin

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...

🎧 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...