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Cesar Franck 1822-1890
The dark, glowing, mystical symphony of Cesar Franck is constantly suggestive of the organ on which he was wont to improvise in the loft of Ste. Clotilde's in Paris.
Anton Bruckner 1824-1896
The question of the value of Bruckner's symphonies has divided musical opinion ever since these symphonies were composed.
Johannes Brahms - 1833-1897
Brahms waited ten years longer than Beethoven did to issue a first symphony, and was undoubtedly hesitant because of his awe of the composer of the Nine.
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2, in D major, Opus 73
The lyrical beauty of Brahms's Second symphony makes it perhaps the most popular of the four works he composed in this form.
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 3, in F major, Opus 90
Did Brahms ever write a more thrilling theme than the one which leaps from the orchestra like a bolt from Jove at the beginning of the Third symphony?
Johannes Brahms - Symphony in E minor, No. 4, Opus 98
It is very interesting to examine Brahms's progress as a symphonist. He appeared in the time of so-called romanticism in music, when considerations of form were largely subordinated to subjective expression.
Camille Saint-Saens 1835-1921
And if you hunted through a hundred universes you could not find a man or artist so antithetical to Brahms of the Fourth symphony as Camille Saint-Saens.
Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky - 1840-1893
PETER ILYITCH TCHAIKOVSKY was a child of the earth, and of the nation of Pushkin and Dostoievsky.
Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5, in E minor, Opus 64
Tchaikovsky's Fifth symphony has been variously rated. There is more disagreement as to its quality and value than about the Fourth or the Sixth.
Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 ("Pathetic"), in B minor, Opus 74
But there is no question: the "Symphonie Pathetique," Tchaikovsky's Sixth and last, is his masterpiece, one which will endure as long as any of his-music is known.
Antonin Dvorak - 18411904
The famous "New World" symphony was one of the creative results of Dvorak's visit to America, where he taught composition at the National Conservatory of Music, 1892 to 1895.
Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakoff - 18441908
Everything conspired to make of Rimsky-Korsakoff a magician of the orchestra and an unsurpassed spinner of musical yarns.
Vincent D'Indy - 1851-1931
These lines from a French version of the Babylonian poem of Istar's descent into Hades, are printed in d'Indy's score as preface to a remarkable series of variations.
Engelbert Humperdinck - 1854-1921
The overture to the opera "Hansel and Gretel" is one of the most charming pages of post-Wagnerian music.
Claude Achille Debussy - 1862-1918
Debussy's vaporous and iridescent score, which is like unto a dream within a dream, and of which no sonority rises above a moderate forte, is nevertheless a revolutionary document.
Claude Achille Debussy - La Mer, Trois Esquisses Symphoniques
We do not know the moment and the thought which led Debussy to consider the sea as a subject for his musical inspiration.
Claude Achille Debussy - Iberia: Images for Orchestra, No. 2
Composing "Iberia" (1909), Debussy turned from this method of tonal impressionism to a harder and more precise style.
Richard Strauss - 1864-?
Contemporaneous with Debussy was his complete antithesis, Richard Strauss. He is descended of Berlioz of "the program symphony, Liszt of the symphonic poems, Wagner of the music dramas.
Richard Strauss - Tone-Poem, Death and Transfiguration, Opus 24
Some call Strauss's introduction realism, for it depicts the fluttering breath, the weak pulse of the erstwhile clamoring heart, and the weary sigh of the sufferer.
Richard Strauss - Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, Opus 35
It was said that after the transcendentalism of Zarathustra, Strauss, composing "Don Quixote," was mocking himself.
Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben, Tone-Poem, Opus 40
"Ein Heldenleben" "A Hero's Life" like Strauss's "Symphonia Domestica," contains provokingly good material.
Richard Strauss - Symphonia Domestica, Opus 53
It will be seen that Strauss's last important works for orchestra, before he turned with the operas "Salome" (1905) and "Elektra" (1911) to the theater, constituted tonal autobiographies.
Jean Sibelius - En saga, Tone-Poem, Opus 9
The earlier Sibelius symphonies are more romantic and picturesque than the later scores and are heroic and racial in character.
Paul Dukas - 1865-?
Paul Dukas's orchestral scherzo, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, is a crackling Gallic joke.
Ernest Bloch
Only a few months before Bloch came to America he had met in Switzerland the cellist Alexander Barjansky, to whom the score of Schelomo is dedicated.
Igor Stravinsky - 1882-?
One of the large number of scores called into being by Serge Diaghileff and his Ballet Russe was Igor Stravinsky's ballet Oiseau de feu (Bird of Fire).
Igor Stravinsky - Petrouchka
The exquisite and tender music of The Bird of Fire is that of Stravinsky's age of innocence.
Igor Stravinsky - Sacre du Printemps
With Oiseau de feu and Petrouchka Stravinsky had shown himself first a youthful promise and then a commanding talent; with Sacre du printemps he became the leading figure among creative musicians of his epoch.
New York
NEW YORK! A fold that has multiplied one hundred and twenty times the original size in a hundred years.
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