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Due to mental illness, Duparc destroyed most of his music: Lénore, one of the few left, is a symphonic poem based on one of the most popular ballads in German literature.
Legendary conductor Hans von Bülow, considered by Wagner the only one who could conduct his operas, was also a composer.
“Nirvana” is a symphonic poem and one of the few works of his that survived.
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.