Anecdotes

 
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Premiered Today in 1838

For all his dislike of Italian music, Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) kept returning to Italian subjects. We only need to think of Romeo and Juliette, Harold in Italy, and the opera loosely adapted from the memoirs of the 16th century Florentine [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 10th, 2018
 
Schubert: Mass in C major , D. 452 Premiered Today in 1825

Ferdinand Lukas Schubert (1794-1859)—older brother of Franz Schubert—was a schoolteacher, organist, and composer. He had some compositional talent, but frequently asked for his brother’s help in his daily work. On occasion, he appropriated his brother’s compositions and passed them off [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 8th, 2018
 
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito Premiered Today in 1791

The majority of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (1756-1791) serious operas were composed for occasions connected to the Austrian ruling house of Habsburg. At the tender age of fourteen, Mozart composed Mitridate, re di Ponto for Milan, a city governed by the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 6th, 2018
 
Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra Premiered Today in 1912

There is considerable debate across the entire scholarly and social spectrum as to what composer was most influential in the field of Western Classical music. It may, or may not surprise you to learn that Glenn Gould considered Arnold Schoenberg [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 3rd, 2018
 
Liszt: Missa Solemnis Premiered Today in 1856

Picturesquely located on the banks of the Danube River, the ecclesiastic basilica at Esztergom is Hungary’s largest church. Stephen I of Hungary erected the foundation of the present building between 1001 and 1010. Various fires and destructions by foreign powers [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 31st, 2018
 
Haydn: L’Incontro Improvviso Premiered Today in 1775

Visitations by foreign heads of state can be rather lavish affairs. And that was certainly the case when Archduke Ferdinand and Maria Beatrice d’Este, alongside a retinue of well over one hundred servants, visited the former hunting lodge of Prince [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 29th, 2018
 
Copland: El Salon Mexico Premiered Today in 1937

An old proverb states, “Traveling leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller. And that’s what happened to Aaron Copland after his first visit to Mexico City in 1932. His friend Carlos Chávez took him to a colorful [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 27th, 2018
 
Mendelssohn: Elijah Premiered Today in 1846

The Birmingham Music Festival was founded in 1768 as a charitable event to raise funds for the city’s recently founded General Hospital. Renamed the “Birmingham Triennial Music Festival” in 1784, it subsequently commissioned works by Arthur Sullivan, Max Bruch, Charles [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 26th, 2018