Category Archives: Performance

97: Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B flat major “Spring”

Robert Schumann wrote his first symphony in 1841, the year after marrying Clara Wieck. He attributes his feelings towards Clara for the title “Spring” which he bestowed upon the piece. Having mostly written for piano and voice, this was some … Continue reading

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98: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5 in F Major

Antonín Dvořák wrote his fifth symphony in the summer of 1875. There is quite a bit of confusion when it comes to numbering his symphonies. Dvořák’s first four symphonies were not published until after his death. His publisher Fritz Simrock … Continue reading

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Gustav Holst’s The Planets

Here is another piece I was introduced to in high school. If you attend enough marching band competitions, chances are sooner or later you will hear an arrangement of “Mars”, “Venus”, and “Jupiter” from English composer Gustav Holst’s The Planets. … Continue reading

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