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On this week’s An English Pastorale we’ll feature music by early English composers. Join us Sunday morning at 9. Orlando Gibbons belongs to the generation of English composers which followed that of William Byrd, 40 years his senior, who died in 1623. He was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, where his elder brother was […]
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The visual arts have always inspired composers to create music. Remember Nat King Cole singing “Mona Lisa”? The classical music world is full of works inspired by paintings and drawings. Perhaps the most famous classical piece of this nature is “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky. German composer Paul Hindemith wrote an opera inspired […]
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Classical 90.5's live music program, Lunchtime Classics, is on summer hiatus. In the meantime, we’ll look back at some notable past performers. Sixteen-year-old cellist Anne Richardson is a veteran performer on WUOL’s Lunchtime Classics and a past winner of the Classical 90.5 Young Artist Competition. Anne made her solo debut at age ten with the […]
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Have you ever created something unique? That’s what Mozart did when he wrote his quintet for piano and woodwinds. It was the first ever quintet that featured those instruments in a group. It became so popular that Ludwig van Beethoven wrote one of his own, with the same instruments, same number of movements and even […]
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Tchaikovsky was a Shakespeare fan. If you don’t believe it, just consider the number of his works inspired by the Bard: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasia, Hamlet Overture-Fantasia, Incidental music to Hamlet, and The TempestFantasia. Shakespeare has always inspired composers, including Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Britten and Thomas Adès. Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest was suggested by Vladimir Stassov. He […]
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Classical 90.5's live music program, Lunchtime Classics, is on summer hiatus. In the meantime, we’ll look back at some notable past performers. Lisa Spurlock Gilmore, harpist, is a national award winner, soloist, and recording artist. Among other accomplishments, she was 1st place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition in the Grandjany Division. Lisa […]
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Maestro Lorin Maazel Obituary from the New York Times Obituary from The New Yorker
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Competition is all around us, from sporting events to how many ads you see for a particular product. Composers haven’t been insulated from competition, either. When Joseph Haydn was working in London, his former student Ignaz Pleyel showed up and became his teacher’s rival. Haydn decided he would write a Sinfonia Concertante, like Pleyel’s (who […]
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Light music is a generic term for a British musical style of “light” orchestral music, which originated in the 19th century. It reached its peak in the mid 20th century but continues until the present day. The style is a less serious form of Western classical music, usually comprised of shorter orchestral pieces and suites […]
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Have you ever returned from a vacation reenergized and inspired to create? A trip to Italy inspired Englishman Edward Elgar to write an orchestral overture called, “In the South”.  Elgar spent time in the Italian Riviera town of Alassio where he had a “eureka” moment. He later wrote: “Then in a flash, it all came to me […]
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