Edward Elgar

What We're Listening To: Elgar Cello Concerto

Elgar's Cello Concerto:

Sir Edward William Elgar (1857-1934) was an English composer who wrote pieces such as Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Enigma Variations, and The Dream of Gerontius.

One of his more famous pieces is the Cello Concerto in E minor, Op85, which was composed in 1919 near Fittleworth, Sussex.

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Gioachino Rossini

"What We're Listening To" - Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola Overture

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) was an Italian composer who is best known for writing 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and works for piano. He is best known for his operas Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and French epic Guillaume Tell (William Tell). Rossini began composing in his adolescence and was known as the most popular opera composer in history until he retired in 1829.
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Carl Philip Stamitz

"What We're Listening To": Carl Philipp Stamitz's Viola Concerto in D Major

 Carl Phillipp Stamitz (1745-1801) was a German composer of partial Czech ancestry. His father, Johann Stamitz, was a violinist and composer of the early classical era. During his youth, Carl Stamitz took lessons from his father who was also a violinist and composer of the era. Later, Stamitz gained employment as a violinist in the court orchestra at Mannheim, and then he began to travel as a virtuoso. He would accept short-term performances and engagements, but failed to find a permanent position.
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Ina Boyle

"What We're Listening To" - Ina Boyle's Violin Concerto

Boyle was born in 1889 in Bushey Park, near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow Ireland, and spent her entire life in her family home there. Her body of work was quite diverse in that she wrote orchestral scores and chamber music, opera choral music, ballet scores and songs for voice and piano. Boyle's compositions bare resemblance to the lyrical symphonic landscapes created by her composition teacher, and famous composer of the time, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although she was a prolific composer, she never became widely famous, most likely due to the fact that she was somewhat isolated for most of her life.
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Tim Linhart Ice Instruments

Tim Linhart and Ice Music

Tim Linhart and Ice Music

Winter is here in full force, and although most people associate the coldest time of the year with darkness and gloom, we thought it would be nice to write about a man who has taken the ice and snow and made it into something magical and awe-inspiring.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

"What We're Listening To" Ludwig van Beethoven's Romance No. 2 in F Major

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is revered as one of the most famous and influential composers of all time and was a key figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras of western music. Beethoven was born into a musical family in the city of Bonn Germany. His father Johann, was an instrumentalist at the electoral court and was Beethoven’s first teacher piano teacher. Ludwig was the eldest of three sons and Johann was determined to have him follow in Mozart’s footsteps as a child prodigy. 
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