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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: 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"...

This Week in Music History: The opening of Carnegie Hall (1891)

Carnegie Hall opened its doors for the first time in 1981, Tchaikovsky ushering in a thriving new age of live music and public events in New York City.

10 Dinner Party Facts about “Der Chef” Herbert von Karajan

"Der Chef's" legend lives on through his unprecedented video legacy. But how much do we know about the conductor behind the camera? Here are 10 fun facts.

🎧 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.

This Week in Music History: The riotous premiere of The Rite...

The riot that took place at The Rite of Spring premiere in Paris is almost as notorious as the work itself. Stravinsky set the stage for scandal....

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...

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...

This Week in Music History: The death of Prokofiev (1953)

Prokofiev had the misfortune of dying the same day as Stalin. Entangled in death as in life, both men left their mark on the twentieth century.