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Dvorak Piano Concerto

Today I want to share with you Piano Concerto in G minor by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), a Czech composer.  This is the only piano concerto Dvorak composed.  According to Dvorak, in this concerto he was unable to create a battle between the piano and the orchestra.  There is very little drama here; the piano is… Keep Reading

Pearl Fishers

Today I want to share with you aria from Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.  Bizet was a French composer, most famous for his opera Carmen.  Every artist should really focus on pleasing himself with his work; the public is too fickle.  Carmen is indisputably one of the most popular operas of the 20th Century; however, it was a failure during Bizet’s… Keep Reading

Shostakovich Fantasia

Last time I talked about Shostakovich I said, “His music tells stories. We just don’t know what those stories are. Each of his symphonies could have been turned into a Fantasia type of movie.”  Well, my lovely wife and I were listening to the first movement of Piano Concerto Number 2, and she said “Isn’t… Keep Reading

Guess-This-Classical Music Game

My family is an avid user of Spotify – every family member with the exception of 3-year-old Mia has an account.  Every time we get in my car, Mia says, “Dad, can you play ‘Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round’?” so my Spotify-suggested playlist also features some odd music for three-year-olds.  Personally, I… Keep Reading

Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. If I had to use one phrase to describe this wonderful masterpiece, I’d say it is a “concert of contrast.” Everything in this concerto has an opposite. If part of it sounds soft and lyrical, just wait and you’ll be treated to a forceful, military march-like section. If it’s quiet, don’t… Keep Reading

Concert Fantasia

Today I wanted to share with you an incredible but forgotten gem: Concert Fantasia by Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky composed it in 1884, and it was very popular for about twenty years, then virtually disappeared from the public repertoire for a hundred years, until the late 20th Century. The reason for its disappearance escapes me – I’ll… Keep Reading

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