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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...

Top 5: Choral Music for Easter

There's nothing like egg-cellent choral music to get that egg-static Easter feeling. We've been on an Easter egg hunt and think our Top 5 are unbeatable...

🎧 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?

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony...

Napoleon may have ceased to be Beethoven’s hero, but the composer and his imposing Eroica Symphony have a heroism of their own.

🎧 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...

Episodes in the life of an artist: The astonishing life and...

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...

Did Berlioz really say all that!?

Take the #Berlioz150 quiz if you dare and see if you can tell Berlioz from Beethoven, Shakespeare and Goethe!

🎧 One Thing to Listen for in Bizet’s Carmen

The habanera. Bizet blends a lilting Cuban rhythm, a "borrowed" Spanish melody, and a heavy dose of chromaticism into one of opera's most recognizable hits.

This Week in Music History: The premiere of Carmen (1875)

The debut of Bizet's incendiary femme fatale who, for all her fatal attraction, couldn't win over her first audience...

This Week in Music History: Schubert is born (1797)

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.