Orchestral Pipe Dreams Symphonic Works with Organ II

Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911) was one of the first performers and composers in a long line of French organists who took advantage of the versatility of the symphonic pipe organ. Devoted to the organ from an early age, he went to [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 21st, 2018
Sibelius: Violin Concerto (revised version) Premiered Today in 1905

The violin concerto by Jean Sibelius is, without doubt, one of the most frequently recorded and performed concertos. However, things did not look all that promising after the first public performance in Helsinki on 8 February 1904. Originally, Willy Burmester [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 19th, 2018
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Premiered Today in 1946

Benjamin Britten once described the process of putting music on paper in the following way, “Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house—the colours of the slates and bricks, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 15th, 2018
Orchestral Pipe Dreams Symphonic Works with Organ

Magnificent pipe organs of various sizes and innovative designs are an integral architectural and musical part of most dedicated concert halls. Freed from its customary sacred and/or liturgical functions, the instrument is capable of taking on a number of exciting [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 14th, 2018
Dvořák: Violin Concerto Premiered Today in 1883

Writing a dedicated composition for a famous soloist can sometimes be a trying process. In 1879, Dvořák’s publisher Simrock commissioned the composer to write a violin concerto. Giving Dvořák free reign in artistic matters, the publisher did specify that the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 14th, 2018
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 Premiered Today in 1952

In 1952, one year before his death, Sergei Prokofiev was financially broke. The Soviet government had condemned his Symphony No. 6 a couple of years earlier, and the composer was stripped of his reputation and of his state pension. Trying [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 11th, 2018
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel Premiered Today in 1909

Russian folklore and literature is incredibly rich in colorful tales of supernatural magic with decidedly down to earth morals. And the fairy tale of the “Golden Cockerel,” written by the great Alexander Pushkin in 1834 is no exception. For Rimsky-Korsakov, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 7th, 2018
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2 Premiered Today in 1933

The legendary violinist Paweł Kochański maintained a lifelong personal friendship and working relationship with the composer Karol Szymanowski. Both were active in a movement known as “Young Poland,” which sought to promote modernist attitudes in Warsaw. Originating during a period [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 6th, 2018