Mozart's Symphony No. 40 was completed in July of 1788 and was scored for flute, oboes, bassoons and strings; absent were the traditional trumpets and timpani. Subsequently, he added a pair of
The first movement from Mozart's "Symphony No. 40" is arguably one of the most well-known melodies in all of Classical literature. This arrangement goes well beyond the melody to give a broad
My wife, Nelle and I have taught hundreds of beginning string players over the years and one "happening" that seemed universal in all of our classes was the discovery of THE GLISSANDO! Usually after a
The first performance of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet in 1892 was deemed a failure and only the suite of dances extracted from the original score enjoyed any popularity until the early 20th century
Crafted into a sturdy string orchestra arrangement, the striking and oh so familiar movement of Beethoven's seminal "Symphony No. 5" is the model introduction to one of the poignant works in Classical music
This tone poem was composed by Jean Sibelius in 1899 as a protest to the increasing censorship being imposed on Finland by the Russian Empire, which at that time considered Finland to be part of Russia.
One of Brahms' most enduring compositions, his "Variations on a Theme by Haydn" has been cloaked in mystery ever since its premiere by the Vienna Philharmonic in 1873. Though the composer obviously believed
"Symphony No. 41" was completed in the summer of 1788 along with symphonies No. 39 and No. 40 and there is no evidence that any of the three were performed during Mozart's lifetime. Due, perhaps to its
Great for the holidays, as with all Trans-Siberian Orchestra pieces, yet based on classical music, so also fitting for any pops concert! Based on Mars, the Bringer of War from "The Planets" by
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