Anecdotes

 
Golijov: Azul Premiered today in 2006

What do you get if one of classical music’s most beloved performers teams up with one of today’s most popular composers? It really is a no brainer, as Azul (the title means blue in Spanish) combines the collective imagination of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 4th, 2018
 
Rossini: Guillaume Tell Premiered Today in 1829

Rossini’s last opera, the four-act Guillaume Tell, with a composite French libretto based on Schiller’s play Wilhelm Tell, was produced at the Paris Opéra on 3 August 1829. However, within three performances the opera’s length of roughly four hours and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 3rd, 2018
 
Berlioz: Symphonie Funebre Premiered Today in 1840

The “Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale,” to use its full title, was Hector Berlioz’s fourth and last symphony. Commissioned by the Minister of the Interior for the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the three-day revolution of July 1830, the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 28th, 2018
 
Wagner: Parsifal Premiered Today in 1882

Hoping to gain financial independence, Richard Wagner was eager to establish an annual music festival that would realize his particular vision of music and theatre. Initially he contemplated Munich, but his extravagant and scandalous behavior in that city caused him [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 26th, 2018
 
Making Percussion a True Soloist – John Corigliano’s The Conjurer

Percussion can be anything from the lowly triangle to the majestic piano and all struck things between. In his recent work Conjurer, John Corigliano took on the difficult task of writing a percussion concerto. In his own words, he said [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 24th, 2018
 
Penderecki: Viola Concerto Premiered Today in 1983

24 July 1983 marked the 200th birthday of Simón Bolívar, known around South America as “El Libertador.” The Venezuelan military and political leader played a significant role in the establishment of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama as sovereign [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 24th, 2018
 
Mozart and The Deluded Bridegroom

In a letter to his father, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made a reference to a seven-member Italian opera troupe visiting Vienna. That troupe arrived in the Austrian capital during Lent 1783, and first performed on 22 April 1783 in Antonio Salieri’s [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 23rd, 2018
 
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 Premiered Today in 1864

On 22 July 1864 Clara Schumann and conductor Hermann Levi played through a piano sonata for two pianos by Johannes Brahms. Clara was overwhelmed by the music’s grandeur, and wrote to the composer. “The work is splendid, but it cannot [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 22nd, 2018