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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH! His music was sarcastic, oftentimes terrifying, but always heartfelt. To celebrate, we look at the soundtracks he began writing after falling from official grace: interlude.hk/on-this-day-25-…
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No composer has ever written a string quartet cycle like Ludwig van Beethoven. We take a tour of his output and show why these works are so special: interlude.hk/the-danish-stri…
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Chopin considered C-major to be the most difficult piano scale to play...but so much great music is written in this key: interlude.hk/piano-music-in-…
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"This comprehensive book uses specific pieces from the repertoire to illustrate the piano’s history and illuminate its development." Here's why it's a must-read: interlude.hk/the-piano-a-his…
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"It is an ode to the spirit of humanity, and the sense of optimism it inspires will hopefully live on for many years to come." Take a tour of this enigmatic symphony: interlude.hk/optimism-within…
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"His housekeeper used to pin his address inside his coat when Ravel went out to dinner." 😭 Learn more about what the end of Ravel's life was like...and why doctors went to the extreme measures of going ahead with exploratory brain surgery: interlude.hk/on-this-day-28-…
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What’s better than one violin, viola, and cello? TWO violins, TWO violas, and TWO cellos! 😃 Enjoy some of our picks from our multi-week tour of great string sextets by contributor @playinglesshurt: interlude.hk/whats-better-th…
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Today we remember the life and art of unforgettable composer Béla Bartók, who died #otd, 26 September 1945. Here's an article from our archive looking at how he evolved into the composer we all know and love: interlude.hk/bela-bartok-dis…
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"Bernstein had always hoped to write the Great American Opera. In the end he wrote West Side Story, the great American musical." And that musical was premiered #otd, 26 September 1957: interlude.hk/bernstein-west-…
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Happy birthday to George Gershwin, who was born #otd in 1898! Here he is with his longtime girlfriend, composer "Kay" Swift (interestingly, the first woman to compose a hit musical by herself!).
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George Gershwin was born #otd, 26 September 1898. "There is nothing I can really tell of my childhood… except that music never interested me." 😮 Find out how that changed: interlude.hk/on-this-day-26-…
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Happy birthday to great pianist and great animal lover, Glenn Gould, who was born 90 years ago today! Don't miss our article about his childhood: interlude.hk/on-this-day-25-…
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Today we remember piano great Alica de Larrocha, who passed away #otd, 25 September 2009. Hear a few stunning handpicked performances in this article by @playinglesshurt from our archives. interlude.hk/great-women-art…
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Today is Shostakovich's birthday, so we're looking in our archives for some of our most popular articles about this beloved composer. Here's one about how he wrote a great symphony in wartime: interlude.hk/fireman-shostak…
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH! His music was sarcastic, oftentimes terrifying, but always heartfelt. To celebrate, we look at the soundtracks he began writing after falling from official grace: interlude.hk/on-this-day-25-…
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Pianist Glenn Gould was born #otd, 25 September 1932! As soon as his parents realized their son was musically talented, they vowed he would have as normal a childhood as possible. Here's how they tried to provide it: interlude.hk/on-this-day-25-…
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"For a variety of extra-musical reasons, Camille Saint-Saëns has never been taken seriously as one of the great French composers of the late 19th-century." Why not? We look at the controversial question: interlude.hk/camille-saint-s…
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Miguel de Cervantes's masterpiece was the novel "Don Quixote." We look at his turbulent life and some of the classical music that the masterpiece inspired: interlude.hk/miguel-de-cerva…
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