Ignaz Pleyel had three strikes against him during the French Revolution. He was rich, he was a foreigner, and he worked for the Church. He was exactly the type of person for whom the Reign of Terror sharpened its guillotines. Even worse: he was an artist. Different despots use different tactics, but artists are usually among their first targets.
Comprised of four violin concertos written by Vivaldi in 1723, The Four Seasons is probably the Baroque composer's best-known work.
Each of the four concerti is based on a sonnet - supposedly written by Vivaldi himself. Each sonnet is divided into three sections (fast, slow, fast), which correspond with the three movements in each concerto.
Read the "Summer" sonnet and listen to each part of The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)
In addition to the grim truth of another 11,000 jobs lost and 400 retail fronts closing, the news of the Borders failure marks the end of another chapter in how classical music is distributed, sold, and enjoyed.--From NPR
Join us during classical music hours for selections dating back from the birth of our nation to the present. And from Saturday night of the holiday weekend through the following Tuesday morning, you'll hear your favorite big bands and classic vocalists during regular jazz hours.
Here's a taste of A Grand Celebration - the Philadelphia Orchestra performing with Peter Richard Conte on the Wanamaker Organ. There's a story behind this historic recording. Kile Smith fills us in, and helps us hear what it's like to experience the glorious sounds of the Wanamaker Organ.
It's sometimes forgotten that most of the greatest composers in classical music were also superb improvisers. Bach amazed audiences with his improvisational keyboard skills, Beethoven was always game for an improvisational showdown with other musicians and, by all accounts, Liszt drove women crazy with his flights of romantic fancy during performances. No wonder, then, that the history of jazz is peppered with "jazzed up" versions of classical compositions. Here are five of them.--from NPR