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7 Ways Classical Composers Celebrate The Earth

satellite view of the earth
The beauty of nature has been a frequent source on inspiration for classical composers.
22, 2011

Music associated with nature has long been a popular theme for composers. Here’s a brief look at some nature inspired works that create inner pictures wthin us of the beauty, awe and majesty of the world around us.

Classical Haiku: Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss
April 18, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku honors Richard Strauss, whose music is a true journey in sound.

Der Rosenkavalier

Miah Persson in a dress rehearsal of Der Rosenkavalier.
Miah Persson as Sophie in a Metropolitan Opera production of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal's opera "Der Rosenkavalier," in 2009.
January 26, 2011

Richard Strauss’ opera, Der Rosenkavalier, turns 100.

Richard Strauss’ ‘An Alpine Symphony’

Scenic view of the Bavarian Alps.
The Bavarian Alps, where Richard Strauss built a home, is believed to be the inspiration behind "An Alpine Symphony."
21, 2011

Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony” is one of his biggest, most majestic works; it’s also a “tone poem” (not really a symphony) and the he ever wrote.

Hans von Bulow, a Giant in 19th Century Music

Hans von Bulow
Hans von Bulow
April 21, 2010

Hans von Bulow was a giant in 19th century music, and his career and legacy deserve to be better known. Alan Walker’s new book, Hans von Bulow, A Life and Times, goes a long way toward restoring its subject to prominence.

Eric Siblin’s Book Tells of Love Affair with Bach’s Cello Suites

The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece book cover
Eric Siblin tells his love-at-first-sight story of meeting Bach's six suites for solo cello
December 23, 2009

WOSU’s Jennifer Hambrick reviews Eric Siblin’s new book, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.

Tilting at Windmills: Richard Strauss and Don Quixote

Portait by Max Liebermann
Richard Strauss' long life encompassed a remarkable span of history in music and otherwise
September 11, 2009

Late in his life, Strauss kept on writing music of great beauty in a romantic idiom at a time when modernism was at its height.

The Lucerne Festival Is a Haven for Music Lovers

Nightime on Lake Lucerne
Home of the Lucerne Music festival, est. in 1938
5, 2009

Established as an annual event in 1938, the Lucerne Festival is a haven for music lovers in a beautiful setting on the shore of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

Christopher Purdy Makes His List for the Desert Island

Deserted Island
What would you need to survive on a deserted island? Besides electricity, that is?
1, 2009

This is the music that has meant the most to me over the years, in no particular order.

Soprano Christine Brewer on Motherhood and Music

Christine Brewer
Christine Brewer, the soprano of choice for the operas of Richard Wagner worldwide
10, 2008

Christine Brewer and waited until her daughter was grown to take her opera singing career international. Today, she is the soprano of choice for the operas of Richard Wagner worldwide. Brewer talks of motherhood and music in this interview.