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
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
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
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.
"Exaltations" first began to take shape back in 1992 as an expression of my exuberance at having escaped THE BIG CITY with its traffic jams, smog and population explosion and relocating to the beautiful