The very first phrase of Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of Parsifal holds in itself the germs of dramatically important leitmotifs recurring throughout the whole opera: the Redemption, the Wound, and the spear motif.
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Beethoven – Leonore overture n.3
Leonore 3, one of the 4 overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera Fidelio, is a huge symphonic fresco, often programmed as a standalone concert piece
Josef Suk – Serenade for strings
A prominent figure in the Czech musical world, Josef Suk was acclaimed by some of the greatest composers of his time like Brahms and Dvořák. His string serenade is to this day one of the audiences’ favorites.
Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel [ANALYSIS]
IntroductionTill Eulenspiegel is the name of a young boy in a fairy tale written in 1511. We don't know if he really...
Ravel – Mother Goose Suite (Ma Mère l’Oye) [ANALYSIS]
IntroductionMa mère l'Oye was originally written as a five-movement piano duet, between 1908 and 1910, for 2 children:...
Mozart – Die Zauberflöte Overture [analysis]
IntroductionUndoubtedly one of the most beloved operas of all times, Die Zauberflöte - The Magic Flute - was the...
Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony – Part 2
The purgatoryLeaving the circles of hell, Dante and Virgil find themselves at the feet of Mount Purgatory, in this...
Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony – Part 1
IntroductionAs much as Franz Liszt is one of the most prominent figures in classical music, his popularity is largely...
Wagner – Tannhäuser Overture [ANALYSIS]
IntroductionWithout going into too much detail about the opera per se, let me just point out a couple of things:...
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