When one thinks of Deep Purple, classical music probably isn’t the first genre which comes to mind. On its surface, failing to connect the world's loudest band, known for smashing … Continue reading Shades of Classical Quotes: Classical Music on Deep Purple’s Early Albums
Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris on this day in 1913. Igor Stravinsky had been contemplating creating a ballet about a character … Continue reading On This Day (May 29)…The Rite and Riots of Spring
Johann Strauss II’ An der shönen blauen Donau, better known by its English name The Blue Danube, premiered on this day in 1867. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkzWF1UE1CI The Blue Danube waltz is one … Continue reading On This Day (February 15)…Waltz on the Danube
The composer and musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 in Salzburg. Mozart at the age of fourteen. Retrieved from here. Mozart is emblematic of classical … Continue reading On This Day (January 27)…Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture premiered on this day in 1881. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1E6FBi-AJw&feature=youtu.be This overture was written as a response to the University of Breslau’s issuance of an honorary degree to … Continue reading On This Day (January 4)…Academic Festival Premiere
The composer Mily Balakirev was born on this day in 1836. Retrieved from here. Balakirev came of age in a time prior to a great Russian canon or even much … Continue reading On This Day (January 2)…Happy Birthday, Mily Balakirev!
The composer Johann Christian Bach died on this day in 1782. He was forty-six years old. Johann Christian Bach as painted by Thomas Gainsborough in 1776. Retrieved from here. Inevitably, … Continue reading On This Day (January 1)…Rest In Peace, J.C. Bach
Ludwig Van Beethoven held a concert on this day in 1808 at Theater an der Wien in Vienna. While it's called a "benefit concert" in several places I've seen, a … Continue reading On This Day (December 22)…Beethoven’s Benefit Concert
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker premiered in St. Petersburg on this day in 1892. Some sources also give it at the 17th, but more say that it was on the … Continue reading On This Day (December 18)…A Christmas Classic Premieres