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…]

Reinhold Glière – Symphony No.3 in B minor, Op.42 “Ilya Muromets”

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Symphony of Brotherhood

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Jāzeps Medinš – Symphony No.3 in E flat Major

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Erkki Melartin – Symphony No.3 in F Major Op.40 (1907)

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In Honor of Martin Luther King

Swedish composer Jan Carlstaedt’s Symphony No. 2, “A Symphony of Brotherhood,” was completed in 1968, and was in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. [Read more…]

Miklós Rózsa – Sinfonia Concertante

If you think you don’t know any music by Miklós Rózsa you are almost certainly wrong. If you’ve seen Ben Hur, he composed the soundtrack. Rózsa wrote wonderful concert music as well as composing film scores. This is one example – if you like it, I encourage you to listen to the rest of the piece, and [Read More…]

Alexander Glazunov – Symphony No.2 in F# minor op.16

My favorite symphony by this great Russian composer of the Romantic era. [Read more…]

Butler’s Performance

I only caught the nail-biting final half hour or so of the Butler vs. Marquette basketball game. That was because I was watching another Butler performance. At Clowes Memorial Hall, the Butler Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with a number of other individuals and groups, performed several pieces: Michael Henson’s “We Didn’t See Them As Human,” Sergei [Read More…]

Celestial Gate

An amazingly beautiful composition by 20th century composer Alan Hovhaness, his Symphony No. 6, “Celestial Gate.” [Read more…]