Classical

Haydn the Jokester

Many people know Franz Joseph Haydn as “Papa Haydn”, a well-deserved nick-name in view of his reputation as the father of the symphony. But you may not know that he…

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Let’s Get Serious

Johannes Brahms’s ability to distort our sense of rhythm is always lying in wait.  Turn the corner… and we suddenly lose our rhythmic balance, and Maestro Maull is certain that…

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A “Trading Places” Musical Quiz

When film composer Elmer Bernstein scored the 1983 comedy hit Trading Places, he chose Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro to be the musical centerpiece of the film.  However, he also intentionally paraphrased other orchestral works.  Let’s…

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Take My Hand

The romantic music of Alexander Borodin is explored in this episode of Inside Music.  Maestro Maull will focus on the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor.  These dances were a favorite composition of…

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Mother and Child

American composer William Grant Still decided to orchestrate the 2nd movement of his 1943 Suite for Violin and Piano for string orchestra.  The result?  An intensified version of what was already a very moving musical…

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The Playful Side of Brahms

People often think: “Brahms… mmm, serious.” And Brahms did in fact write lots of weighty, introspective music – all worthy of our attention. But he also had a playful side…

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What a great idea to do this. It looks and sounds fantastic. I LOVED the music, the animated lettering and the design for Notes from Under the Piano…It takes a special gift to transform the written word into the spoken word…And the length is perfect, left me wanting more…

— ‘Notes from Under the Piano’ viewer

 

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