The vitality of an Italian piazza and a religious procession: an analysis of the first 2 movements of Mendelssohn’s Symphony n.4
Ominous, sparkling, surprising, and most of all ahead of its own time. Find all of this out through this analysis of this Mozart’s masterpiece
Taras Bulba is among Janáček most significant works for orchestra alone. Once a rare piece, this rhapsody for orchestra has now become part of the standard repertoire thanks to its sophisticated harmonic language and its undeniable passion.
Culture wars and rising racism: historical context, structure, and conducting tips of the 1st movement of Dvořák’s 7th symphony
How does a piece of music without any description manage to raise more descriptive explanations than any other work, ranging from catacombs to political revolution? What’s the glue holding the entire symphony together? And what’s one of the biggest issues that arise when interpreting this piece?
How did an amateur composer manage to weave one of the most magic carpets in the history of music? How did he create a narrative sound that transports us in an exhilarating journey to the fairy tale dimension of the far east?
Certainly Berlioz’s most popular work, the Symphonie Fantastique could be defined as the first psychedelic symphony.
In this post, we’ll go through an analysis of the 1st mov. and Berlioz’s own program notes, both from 1845 and from 1855. And of course, some technical tips.
Notoriously, The Sorcerer’s apprentice was used in the Disney cartoon Fantasia. But the great popularity that it got from it also shadowed some of its unique characteristics, such as its structure and its orchestration.
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