Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was a pianist, composer and conductor in the Romantic period in Germany, and a friend of the composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Brahms is one of the composers who came up in a conversation with one of my sons that I referred to a few weeks back; I was looking for some classicalContinue reading “Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor”

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23, TH. 55, I: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito

If you’ve been following along, you’ll recall my post about ten days ago, “Introvert,” a rap song by Little Simz introduced to me by one of our lads. I commented in that post about the symphonic sounds in the track. He and I discussed it a few days later as I was drawn to thoseContinue reading “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23, TH. 55, I: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito”

Lakmé, Act I, No. 2: Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais

Occasionally I’ve listened to Colorado Public Radio’s online classical music stream lately, and have enjoyed their programming and insightful host commentary. That station was where I heard “Gather Round the Table” (posted here on May 10), and today I heard several bookmark-worthy pieces. YouTube is another source of suggestions and is where I found aContinue reading “Lakmé, Act I, No. 2: Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais”

Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 in F Major: Träumerei

Many recognize the German pianist, composer and music critic Robert Schumann (1810-1856) as one of the greatest composers of the classical romantic era.  However, Schumann’s short life was one of considerable difficulty. He suffered from mental health issues that plagued him at times, as early as 1833. His love for pianist, composer and teacher ClaraContinue reading “Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 in F Major: Träumerei”

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92, II: Allegretto

The second movement (Allegretto) of Symphony No. 7 by the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), is a favourite of mine. The movement combines dramatic, sombre and calming melodies in a lyrical landscape of symphonic instruments. When listening to it, I prefer to hear it as a standalone piece as I find the calmness atContinue reading “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92, II: Allegretto”

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 – “Unfinished,” I: Allegro Moderato

Symphony No. 8 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) is known as the Unfinished Symphony. He completed the first two movements, but a third was left to sit as a work-in-progress for six years until he died at age 31. Despite his short life, the Austrian composer wrote seven full symphonies, over 600 vocal works, plus operas,Continue reading “Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 – “Unfinished,” I: Allegro Moderato”

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18, II: Adagio Sostenuto

The Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergey Rachmaninov (also written as Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873-1943) is one of my favourite composers of the classical Romantic era. After mentioning in my post from yesterday that it was World Mental Health Day, it seems fitting to feature Rachmaninov today. As some know, he descended into depression illness forContinue reading “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18, II: Adagio Sostenuto”

Concerto For Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F Minor, Op.21, II: Larghetto

Many have probably heard piano works by Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849, born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin), without even knowing the music is by him. For example, the opening chords of the third movement of his Piano Sonata No. 2, known as the “Funeral March,” are often used as music to create a senseContinue reading “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F Minor, Op.21, II: Larghetto”