Tuesday, January 13, 2015
This week, I have 2 informational websites to recommend that relate to pieces we've played:
Yesterday I played a Concerto by Salieri followed by a work of his contemporary and sometime nemesis, Mozart. This website is like a multimedia research paper... it explores the life and music of Salieri (with soundclips, too), with special emphasis on the mythology of the Mozart/Salieri relationship, esp. regarding the Requiem:
Click here to learn more about Antonio Salieri
Today we aired Beethoven's Eroica Symphony... famously dedicated to Napoleon, then - so the story goes - in one of his (frequent) piques of temper, he crossed out the dedication and renamed it "Heroic." Just as frequently, Beethoven took a few months and then, his temper having cooled, he reconsidered his words of anger. In this case, he regularly, throughout the remainder of his life referred to this work as his symphony "for Napoleon."
Click here to explore the Beethoven/Napoleon interaction.
If you are a history buff, as I am, historical information and discussions only add to the appreciation of the music. Enjoy!
Kara Dahl Russell
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