Myaskovsky’s Symphony No.18

I’ve been listening to Nicolai Myaskovsky’s symphonic works today as I write. There is a lot of beauty and grandeur throughout, but the second movement of his Symphony No.18 in C Major, op.42, particularly demanded that I stop what I was doing and give my full attention. And so I thought in turn I would share [Read More…]

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Augusta Holmès

Two pieces by this Romantic-era composer, courtesy of YouTube:   [Read more…]

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Requiem, by Oskar Lindberg

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Hakon Borresen – Symphony No. 2 in A Major “The Sea” Op. 7 (1904)

Even as someone who has a particular love for Scandinavian music of the early 20th century, I must confess that Hakon Borresen is not a composer who was familiar to me. Enjoy this symphony of his as you watch the sun set on an alien world… [Read more…]

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Peder Gram – Symphony No. 3 in E minor Op. 35 (1954)

A 20th century composer from Denmark. You may not expect to like “classical” music, but keep in mind that technically this isn’t “classical” – it is modern music of the late Romantic style, from a period which also shaped what has become characteristic film music. And so it is unsurprising that the person who shared [Read More…]

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Wilhelm Stenhammar Symphony No.2

I love music of the late Romantic era, and Swedish composers in particular. Here is Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No.2 in G minor op.34 from 1911. [Read more…]

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Richard Strauss, Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

In the category of quasi-Biblical music from my favorite era, here is music by Richard Strauss! [Read more…]

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Natanael Berg – Symphony No. 1 “Everything New Must End” (1912)

Or, as the Oracle famously put it, “Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.” Here’s a Swedish composer from my favorite period in that nation’s musical output – Carl Natanael Rexroth-Berg being slightly older than Kurt Atterberg and slightly younger than Wilhelm Petersen-Berger, both of whom are composers that I highly recommend. [Read more…]

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Geirr Tveitt – Sun God Symphony Op. 81

When a composer whose music I enjoy also touches on a religious theme, that’s all the more reason to share it, right? But in fact, Tveitt’s ideology, reflected in this piece and others, is disturbing and definitely worth discussing. It reflects the tendency to reject not only Judaism but also Christianity (so intimately connected with [Read More…]

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Uuno Klami – Symphony No. 2 Op. 35 (1945)

A Finnish composer of the 20th century who deserves to be more widely listened to. [Read more…]

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Wilhelm Peterson-Berger – Symphony No. 2 in E Flat Major “The Journey on Southerly Winds” (1910)

Another example of the hauntingly beautiful and melodic symphonic music produced in Sweden in the early 20th century. [Read more…]

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