LIVS Blog

RSS
Niccolo Paganini

Niccolò Paganini "Cantabile for Violin and Guitar"

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He has been celebrated as the best violin virtuoso of his time, and heavily influenced modern violin technique. He is most commonly known for his 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.
Read now
Claude Debussy

"What We're Listening To" Claude Debussy, Cello Sonata

"What We're Listening To" - Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy was born in France in 1862. He began piano lessons at the age of seven. His talents were evident early on, and began studies at the Paris Conservatoire when he was only ten years old. There he studied composition, music history, music theory, harmony, piano, organ, and solfege for eleven years.

Read now
What We're Listening To: Mikail Glinka's "Sonata for Viola and Piano"

What We're Listening To: Mikail Glinka's "Sonata for Viola and Piano"

Mikhail Glinka is considered the fountainhead of Russian classical music, and the first Russian composer to gain widespread recognition in his own country. As a child, he was raised by his over-protective grandmother and was confined to her room, and therefore developed a sickly disposition. The only music he heard during his confinement was the sound of strident church bells and improvisatory peasant choirs. Both of these used unconventional harmonies, which later freed Glinka to break free from the Western tradition of consonant harmony. After his grandmother’s death, he moved to live with his uncle, where he heard his uncle’s orchestra perform music by the greats, such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. He began violin and piano lessons, and soon began composing as well. He later traveled to Italy to continue his studies, but realized that he wanted to return to Russia and revolutionize Russian music.
Read now
What We're Listening To: Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

What We're Listening To: Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was born on June 17th 1882 in St. Petersburg Russia. Born to Ukrainian parents, Stravinsky maintained strong connections with Ukrainian culture. He studied piano and composition at an early age and went to school to study law, but ended up focusing more on studying music.

Read now
What We're Listening To: Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata for Solo Violin, Op 115"

What We're Listening To: Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata for Solo Violin, Op 115"

Sergei ProkofievSergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was regarded as one of the major composers of the twentieth century, with masterpieces that transcended various genres. He is known for many popular works including the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the ballet Romeo and Juliet, and Peter and the Wolf. He wrote seven complete operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos and a violin sonata, a cello concerto, and nine piano sonatas.

Read now
What We're Listening To: Ѐdouard Lalo "Cello Concerto in D minor"

What We're Listening To: Ѐdouard Lalo "Cello Concerto in D minor"



Edouard LaloЀdouard Lalo (1823-1892) was a French composer during the Romantic period. Though he is not one of the more recognizable names in French music, he had a very distinct style which earned him some popularity. One of his most notable works is the Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, which still hold a prominent place in the violin repertoire today.

Read now
What We're Listening To: Dmitri Shostakovich "String Quartet No. 8 in C minor"

What We're Listening To: Dmitri Shostakovich "String Quartet No. 8 in C minor"

Composer D. Shastakovich

Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich was born in September of 1906. At the age of nine, he began taking piano lessons from his mother, and at thirteen he entered the Petrograd Conservatory. There he studied piano, composition, counterpoint and fugue. After graduating, he started a career as both a pianist and a composer, but soon restricted his piano playing to performances of his own works. His early compositions showed a number of diverse influences from both “traditional” composers and avant-garde trailblazers.

Read now
What We're Listening To: Rebecca Clarke "Sonata For Viola & Piano"

What We're Listening To: Rebecca Clarke "Sonata For Viola & Piano"

Composer Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca Clarke was an English composer born in August 1886. At the age of nine, she began to play the violin, and later, during her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, she switched to the viola. She went on to make a living playing viola, and became one of the first female professional orchestral musicians.

Read now