A violin concerto attributed to Vivaldi has been unearthed at the Dresden State Library by Icelandic scholar Johannes Agustsson. Said work, according to Vivaldi expert Michael Talbot, was composed around 1732 or shortly thereafter and represents a major breakthrough in our knowledge of Vivaldi’s late style.
Israelis have mostly made their peace with Germany. But for some in the Jewish state, especially Holocaust survivors, the late German composer Richard Wagner is a different story.
The Israel Chamber Orchestra performed the music of Wagner for the first time on July 26, 2011 in Bayreuth, Germany.
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DENTON, Texas (AP) — Arnold Greissle-Schoenberg can still picture his grandfather, composer Arnold Schoenberg, raising his finger to command attention.
“Whenever Schoenberg wanted to say something he would raise his finger and everybody would fall silent and then he would have his say,” said Greissle-Schoenberg, whose childhood memories include watching his grandfather holding court with other musical luminaries.
POSTERITY has not always treated Anton Bruckner kindly. The popular image of this composer as an unwitting visionary — “half genius, half klutz,” as the conductor Hans von Bülow once said — developed early on. During Bruckner’s lifetime conservative critics recoiled from his music. Eduard Hanslick called him the “gentlest and most peaceable of men who becomes an anarchist during the act of composition.”
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