Saint-Saëns, the prolific and multifaceted flying Frenchman

Saint-Saëns, the prolific and multifaceted flying Frenchman
This entry is part of 4 in the series Musically Speaking

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

Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, or when tone poems are a delicacy

Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, or when tone poems are a delicacy
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Musically Speaking

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

Prokofiev, What would be your soundtrack for a well-known story?

Prokofiev, What would be your soundtrack for a well-known story?
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Musically Speaking

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