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Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish, completed in 1850 after his much celebrated appointment as Municipal Music Director in Düsseldorf, reflects his...
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While composing his Missa solemnis, Beethoven looked to the past.  He obtained a copy of the score to J.S. Bach’s unpublished B Minor Mass, and stu...
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Beethoven spoke of setting out upon a fresh path with his Second Symphony, and even included veiled musical jokes, which shocked the sensibilities ...
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Despite his family’s financial turmoil, the year 1806 was extraordinarily productive for Beethoven. He wrote many of his great works, including the...
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In June 1891, Antonín Dvorák was invited to direct the newly-formed National Conservatory in New York City.  Leaving four of their six children beh...
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The Eroica opened the floodgates for the symphonic outpouring of the nineteenth century – for Beethoven himself, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckn...
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Drawing on themes of contrast and opposition and likely influenced by the aftermath of World War I, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5 uses a nontraditional ...
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In the space of nine weeks in summer 1788, Mozart produced the last three of his symphonies, including Symphony No. 39.  Started within a month aft...
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An often criticized social misfit during his time in Vienna, Bruckner's success with his Symphony No. 7 came as a happy and restorative surprise to...
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During a period of both personal tragedy and momentous achievement, the Ninth Symphony is the last score Mahler completed. Some part of him would h...
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The technical prowess required and the sublime melody of Strauss’ Oboe Concerto causes a stir among oboists. During occupation of his village in Wo...
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Composed alongside fellow distinguished Russian composers at a House of Creative Work northeast of Moscow, Prokofiev’s renowned Fifth Symphony saw ...
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Napoléon III’s Exposition Universelle of 1855 in Paris saw the premiere of this daring, grandiose work, for the opening of the Church of Saint-Eust...
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Improvised at the piano after a strenuous day of teaching, Enigma Variations established Elgar as the pre-eminent British composer of his time. Shr...
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Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, written when he was 16, is one of the most popular of his works in this style. The finale uses counterpoint in a ...
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Scandinavian classic, Peer Gynt, written by Henrik Ibsen, may be one of the world’s first great modern psycho dramas as it moves seamlessly across ...
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During childhood summers spent at the beaches at Cannes, Debussy learned to love the unpredictable and ever-changing sea. The most traditionally ‘s...
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By the summer of 1809, Napoleon’s French forces, at war with Austria for the fourth time in eighteen years, reached the suburbs of Vienna. “Nothing...
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Download a podcast of audio program notes about the Rite of Spring, specially prepared for the San Francisco Symphony’s Stravinsky Festival in June...
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Thomas Hampson & Ferrucio Furlanetto The ageless American barihunk Thomas Hampson launched the 2012-13 season of the Orchestre de la Suisse Ro...
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