On This Day (December 14)…Pines Premieres

Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome premiered on this day in 1924 at the Augusteo Theater in Rome, Italy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvgyfqzLC0A The Work This piece, which as the title suggest is a vivid tone poem about four pine-ridden locations, serves as a loose sequel to Respighi's earlier tone poem Fountains of Rome. The work features four movements … Continue reading On This Day (December 14)…Pines Premieres

On This Day (May 29)…The Rite and Riots of Spring

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 who danced herself to death since he was deep in the process of creating The Firebird. He was later commissioned to create this ballet by … Continue reading On This Day (May 29)…The Rite and Riots of Spring

On This Day (January 5)…Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Premieres

Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto For the Left Hand in D Major premiered on this day in 1932 in Vienna. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJTUUKAdZDU Ravel wrote this concerto on commission for Paul Wittgenstein, a noted Viennese concert pianist who debuted in 1913 on the eve of World War I. While fighting in the war in 1914, he lost his … Continue reading On This Day (January 5)…Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Premieres

On This Day (January 4)…Academic Festival Premiere

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 Brahms, who had in fact never attended college himself. While the composer was originally just going to write a thank-you note and leave it at … Continue reading On This Day (January 4)…Academic Festival Premiere