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Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto 5 in F, Opus 103 “Egyptian” As a preparation for the upcoming performance of the piece by the Houston Symphony, the following is a collection of thoughts around the always fascinating composer and his last masterwork in the
Prokofiev’s soundtrack for a well-known story Sergey Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet was written for the Kirov Ballet. The work was finished shortly after the composer’s final repatriation to Soviet Russia in 1935. The strong opposition and difficult circumstances that early productions met, as
Wagner’s (Siegfried) Idyll, or when tone poems are a delicacy Today, in preparation to this week’s Houston Symphony concerts, I intend to discuss Siegfried Idyll, Wagner’s delicate and peaceful birthday gift to his wife Cosima. Originally called simply Idyll, this rather short and
Outburst: 5 different emotions that foster joy The piece Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 (1875) by A. Dvorak (Bohemia, 1841 – Prague, 1904) How did the piece come about? 1875 was a fruitful year for Dvorak. He had been married
Mobile Apps for tried fans and to-be Music lovers. Today’s digital age offers hundreds of digital options to learn about the wonderful world of classical music, from applications that teach our little ones the conformation of an orchestra, to virtual libraries
In 1900, Charles Ives, the dean of American maverick composers, set out to compose his second symphony some ten years after he had finished his first, a work he wrote strictly in a traditional European style as demanded by his
One of my roles with the FJC is to prepare the Program Notes (in Spanish!) of each residency. Here you can find the notes I wrote for January 2015. I hope you find some insight on these interesting pieces.
At the beginning of the week I got to talk with the team at the Houston Symphony Blog about our coming performance of Robert Shcumann’s The Pilgrimage of the Rose. The following is an extract, but you can read the complete
By the time Antonin Dvorak felt ready to start his 6th Symphony, the land we know today as the Czech Republic was not yet officially a nation. The seeds that led to the country’s independence were planted few months after