Ludwig van Beethoven - Wind Octet in E-flat, Op.103
Michael Nyman The Morrow
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Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No.4 in C minor, Op.43
John Adams Saxophone Concerto
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OCTOBER 22 - Tear-jerkers
Edward Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op.12

 
 

Why do certain pieces of music stir the soul, warm the heart and start up the tear ducts? Perhaps it’s a certain association, a tender memory or just a moment of vulnerability. We just can’t explain it! Elgar’s “Salut d’amour” is one such tear-jerker for our announcer, Lisa Bergman. What classical pieces get you all sentimental? Let us know on our Facebook page.
 

 

OCTOBER 21 - Weird Titles in Classical Music
Erik Satie: Limp Preludes for a Dog

 
 

Standard titles for pieces in classical music are pretty boring, aren’t they? Suite No. 4. Symphony No. 1. Concerto in A. But there are some very notable exceptions. There’s nothing stale, for example, about “Unappetizing Chorale,” “She Who Talks Too Much,” and “Agreeable Despair.” It’s easy to imagine the avant garde, Belle Époque French composer Erik Satie was the man to come up with such odd names! Listen to one of his odder-titled pieces, “Limp Preludes for a Dog,” here.

Get an Erik Satie primer here, and buy this CD to get more acquainted with his music.

 

OCTOBER 20 - Mozart's Music Cataloguer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626: Introitus

 
 

Mozart composed one of the highest arias of his time in “The Magic Flute,” and it’s recognizable worldwide. Though he’s less touted for it, he also composed one of the lowest arias in the history of opera in “Abduction from the Seraglio.” The aria calls for a bass soloist to sing a low D. Listen and marvel!

Learn more about Ludwig Ritter von Köchel.

 

OCTOBER 19 - The Ultimate Bass Aria
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio, K.384: "O, wie will ich triumphieren"

 
 

Mozart composed one of the highest arias of his time in “The Magic Flute,” and it’s recognizable worldwide. Though he’s less touted for it, he also composed one of the lowest arias in the history of opera in “Abduction from the Seraglio.” The aria calls for a bass soloist to sing a low D. Listen and marvel!

Read some of Vladimir Horowitz's most famous quotes.

 

OCTOBER 18 - Versailles' Composer in Residence
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Noble Dances

 
 

Jean-Baptiste Lully loved to incorporate social commentary into his compositions. In this satirical ballet, the composer pokes fun at the snobbish high society of 17th century France. Ironically, Lully was the official composer for Louis XIV and was in complete control of royal music at the palace of Versailles. Louis XIV earned his nickname, The Sun King, when he danced the role of Apollo in Lully’s ballet of the same name.

Learn more about the "Sun King" in this Wikipedia article.

 



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