I Passed For White

I’m a big fan of John Williams’ compositions. He is most famous for composing the music for Star Wars, E. T., Superman, Indiana Jones, and many other such blockbusters. But, as “Johnny Williams,” he was already composing film scores in the 1950s. I learned recently that one of his earliest scores was for the movie [Read More...]

Bernard Herrmann – Symphony

Everyone knows at least something from Bernard Herrmann’s work as a film composer. His concert works deserve to be wider known than they are. [Read more...]

Ola Gjeilo – Sanctus

I confess I had not heard of Ola Gjeilo until the above video appeared on the blog Vaisamar. You can hear more by this contemporary composer on his website. [Read more...]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold – The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Suite

Erich Wolfgang Korngold came to Hollywood from Vienna, bringing with him his own unique style born from a context shaped by Richard Strauss in particular. What you know as the typical sound of Hollywood film scores is in fact the style of Korngold. If you don’t know his music, you should! [Read more...]

Kurt Atterberg in Memoriam

On this day in 1974, Kurt Atterberg, one of my favorite composers, passed away. Since I recently shared his “Sinfonia Funebra” which might be more appropriate to the occasion, I’m sharing his Symphony No.8 which I have not shared previously. [Read more...]

Kurt Atterberg, Symphony No.2

Another recording of my favorite piece of music has appeared on YouTube, Kurt Atterberg’s Second Symphony. The opening and closing sections of the second movement take my breath away. [Read more...]

Hubert Parry, Symphony No. 2 “Cambridge”

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Kurt Atterberg, Symphony No. 3 (1914) “West Coast Pictures”

Another symphony from my favorite composer, Kurt Atterberg, has been shared on YouTube. If you are inclined to let the title guide you as the music evokes images in your mind, keep in mind that Atterberg was Swedish, and so the West Coast in the title is that of Sweden and not the United States. [Read More...]

Jānis Mediņš – Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano

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Janis Kalniņš – Larghetto Serioso

A short piece for violin by another Latvian composer with the surname Kalniņš.   Posted with Blogsy [Read more...]

Johan Halvorsen – Symphony No. 2 in D Minor “Fate” (1924)

I love that the person who has made the YouTube channel with all this wonderful music has superimposed science fiction and other futuristic images on them. [Read more...]


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