The painter Victor Hartmann was a close friend of Modest Mussorgsky and when he died, Mussorgsky was devastated. A couple of weeks after his passing, Hartmann’s friends and supporters organized an exhibition of his paintings at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
And about a year later, Mussorgsky channeled his pain into a new piano work, making his memories of his close friend immortal.
Beethoven’s Egmont Overture remains one of his most popular works. Taking after the Dutch hero depicted in Goethe’s play, Beethoven gives us another musical portray of his political views
The elegant 3rd movement and the energic and whirly 4th movement conclude this journey through Italy as seen through Mendelssohn’s eyes.
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
The analysis of the 3rd and 4th movements of Schubert’s charming symphony n.5
The lighthearted and harmonically subtle 5th symphony of Franz Schubert: its first and second movements are the subject of this post.
The last article on Das Lied von der Erde, covering the final two movements of this magnificent Mahler’s Symphony
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