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Ancient Airs And Dances – Three Orchestral Suites by Respighi

Ancient Airs and Dances is a set of three orchestral suites, based on Renaissance lute pieces, by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. Ancient Airs and Dances Ottorino Respighi     Ottorino Respighi 1879 – 1936 . Music Web International . NAXOS . Wikipedia Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer and musicologist. Respighi is best known for his orchestral … Continue reading

L’Arlésienne – Powerful, Dramatic Music by Bizet

L’Arlésienne is a dramatic two part suite that achieves great effect with the most economic of means. Written by Bizet as incidental music to Alphonse Daudet’s play L’Arlésienne (“The Girl from Arles“),  L’Arlésienne was composed for the first performance of the play in 1872. Bizet himself played the harmonium backstage at the premiere performance. The L’Arlésienne suites contain 27 individual numbers (some only a … Continue reading

Finlandia by Sibelius – Evokes Vivid Imagery of Finland’s People and Countryside

Finlandia is an unmistakeable, passionate piece of music that evokes vivid imagery of Finland’s people and countryside. Finlandia played an important role in Finland gaining independence. The song was written by Sibelius for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert political protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire.  Finlandia is the best-known of Sibelius’s works, … Continue reading

In the Hall of the Mountain King – Stirring Live Orchestral Performance

. In the Hall of the Mountain King is one of the most recognizable classical songs ever composed. It is part of the Peer Gynt suites composed by Edvard Grieg. The unmistakable theme has helped In the Hall of the Mountain King attain iconic status in popular culture. The song has been arranged by many artists, including Duke … Continue reading

Gunther Schuller – The Music Man Has Passed Away

Gunther Schuller 1925-2015 American composer, performer, conductor, teacher, and writer noted for his wide range of activity in both jazz and classical music and for his works embracing both jazz and advanced 12-tone elements.   Master musician Gunther Schuller died two days ago in Boston at age 89. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and was the … Continue reading

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