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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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99: Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4 “Heroes”

Our 99th Symphony jumps more than 200 years from Haydn’s 100th in 1794 to Philip Glass’s 4th in 1996. Titled Heroes, Glass’s symphony is based on the 1977 album by David Bowie. This was the second album in the “Berlin … 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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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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