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Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
Bach's small orchestra, which would be called today not a symphony but a chamber orchestra, was not nearly equal in sonority or variety of tone-tint to our modern body of instruments.
Bach Orchestral Works
Bach left four orchestral suites, for different instrumental combinations. The first one, in C major, is for two oboes, a bassoon and strings.
Bach Organ Works In Orchestral Transcription
Some say that Bach's real orchestra was the organ, which gave him resources of volume and color unequaled by any other instrument of his time.
Bach - Three Chorale-Preludes
The three chorale-preludes originally written for organ that Ottorino Respighi selected for orchestral treatment were scored by him in October., 1930, and were performed for the first time anywhere in New York at the Philharmonic-Symphony concerts of October 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the same year.
Bach - Passacaglia and Double Fugue In C Minor
The grandest architectonics and fantasy of a staggering sublimity characterize the great Preludes and Fugues and the C minor Passacaglia.
Christoph Willibald Gluck 1714-1787
Gluck's overture to his opera Iphigenia in Aulis (Iphigenie en Aulide) is a little more than a century and a half old.
Franz Joseph Haydn 1732-1809
The enduring structure of the classic symphony was perfected and established for the generations by Haydn.
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
A crowning marvel of this symphony is its seraphic union of form and feeling. This perfection, transparency and grace can even deceive us as to the passionate import of the music.
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony in C major ("Jupiter")
The Jupiter symphony, said by some to derive its nickname from the Jovian energy of its opening thunder-rolls, is the exultant antithesis of the passion and tragedy of the incomparable G minor.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 1, in C major, Opus 21
On the second of April, 1800, Ludwig van Beethoven, then thirty years old, and eight years in Vienna, where he had come to study composition with Haydn, announced a benefit concert.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No 2 D Major
Beethoven's Second symphony was composed in the years 1802 and 1802, those years when nature pronounced upon the composer the sentence of complete deafness.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3,(Eroica)
The inspiration of the Eroica symphony, and the manner in which Beethoven changed its dedication, are strangely symbolic of the nature of the composition and the place that it occupies in art.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 4, Opus 60
Beethoven's Fourth symphony is the point of re-pose between the immensities of the Third and the Fifth.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, in C minor, Opus 67
Observe what happens after those four notes, loaded with dynamite, have been twice sounded. How these same notes, with their savage and implacable force, invest the orchestra!
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 6, in F major (Pastoral)
Beethoven calls his Sixth symphony Pastoral, which, indeed, it is. We would associate it with the country-side with-out any title.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7, in A major, Opus 92
In contradistinction to the Sixth or Pastoral symphony, Beethoven's Seventh has no program or dramatic idea back of it.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 8, in F major, Opus 93
Beethoven's Eighth symphony is one of the shortest of the Nine, if not the shortest. For this reason it has been called the little symphony.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, in D minor, With Final Chorus on Schiller's Ode To Joy, Op. 125
The imposing proportions of the Ninth symphony, with its chorale finale which chants the brotherhood of man, give the work a special place among Beethoven's creations.
Carl Maria Von Weber 1786-1826
The overture to Der Freischütz is the prelude to a romantic opera. In the last thirty years there have been some thrilling first performances.
Franz Peter Schubert 1797-1828
Schubert composed his unfinished symphony when he was twenty-five, when the tragedy of his short, humble and poverty-stricken life was eating into his soul.
Hector Berlioz 1803-1869
Hector Berlioz, the composer of the Fantastic symphony. There is something very splendid about him, and very heroic, and a little ridiculous and pathetically lonely.
Robert Alexander Schumann 1810-1856
The most romantic and personal of symphonies are the four by Robert Schumann. They are the outpourings of a young poet's heart, who molds the classic form to his heart's desire.
Richard Wagner 1813-1883
It is more than half a century since the death of Richard Wagner, one of the most significant, complex and fascinating figures in the history of music.
Richard Wagner - Overture to The Apel's drama, "Christoph Columbus"
The score of the Christopher Columbus overture of the youthful Richard Wagner, composed and per-formed in 1835, has had as many lives as the proverbial cat.
Richard Wagner - Overture To The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman, composed in 1841 and produced in 1843, was the first opera in which Wagner realized something of his new ideas of music drama.
Ricahrd Wagner - Overture And Bacchanale From Tannhauser
The overture and Bacchanale from Tannhauser combine characteristics of Wagner's earlier period with those of his mature years.
Richard Wagner - Prelude To Lohengrin
The Prelude to Lohengrin (composed in 1848 and produced in 1850) is musically symbolic of the descent of the Holy Grail.
Richard Wagner - Prelude And Love-Death From Tristan and Isolde
The Prelude to Tristan and Isolde (completed 1859, produced 1865), leads in the original score directly into the first, act of the opera.
Richard Wagner - Prelude To Die Meistersinger
A recital of Wagner's deeds in music becomes an unending tale of marvel. Wagner had conceived the plan of Die Meistersinger (completed in 1867, produced 1868) very early.
Richard Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
The late Siegfried Wagner, inheritor of Bayreuth, was born to Richard Wagner and Cosima in 1869. Wagner, then at the height of his artistic powers, was deeply involved in the tangled skein of his last and consummative love affair.
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