Monthly Archives: February 2011

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

A few days ago I found out the chemistry teacher who used to teach at our school passed away. Apart from being a science teacher, he was also a very talented pianist. He retired my freshman or sophomore year so … Continue reading

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100: Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 in G Major

The first symphony on our list is by Franz Joseph Haydn. In Haydn’s day the symphony was not quite as large scale as later composers made it. While this helps explain why Haydn was able to write at least 106 … Continue reading

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A Very Brief History of the Symphony

Before we begin to move through our list of 100 symphonies let’s briefly discuss what a symphony actually is. The term symphony comes from the Greek (surprise, surprise). They used it to notate two tones being sounded together in accord. … Continue reading

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And now for your listening and viewing pleasure…

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Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Tchaikovsky wrote the 1812 Overture in 1880 for use in a dedication service for the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow commemorating the 1812 Battle of Borodino and the retreat of the French army from Moscow. The Battle of … Continue reading

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Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

When I first began my foray into classical music, one of the first albums I purchased was a collection of pieces by Aaron Copland. I was already vaguely familiar with ¬†Appalachian Spring, our high school marching band having used the … Continue reading

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An Ambitious Project

I’ve already admitted that my listening habits can be a bit sporadic, but I do have a very clear project for this blog that should keep me focused for quite some time. I stumbled upon this¬†wikipedia article a year or … Continue reading

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