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Alexander Borodin’s Requiem is not your regular requiem: it’s a 5 minutes piece based on “Chopsticks”
Vítězslav Novák was a brilliant Czech composer: his tone poem In the Tatra Mountains (V Tatrách) shows folk influences, combined with impressionism, and a monumental vision of the symphonic architecture.
Kalinnikov has not been one of the most prolific composers in history but his first symphony, also conducted by Toscanini during a special broadcast with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, is to this day part of the standard Russian repertoire.
Brian’s Gothic Symphony is one of the biggest works ever written for the concert stage: 1 hour and 40 minutes, employing almost 800 musicians.
A remarkable child prodigy, Amy Beach was the first female composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra: the “Gaelic” Symphony was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896.
Lili Boulanger’s “D’un matin de printemps” is a skillfully crafted tone poem, rich of impressionist colors and morning scents.