Anecdotes

 
Minors of the Majors Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: String Sextet in A Major

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

by Georg Predota | December 19th, 2016
 
German Cities or Classical Composers?

Theile The Baltic Sea is sometimes referred to as the “Mediterranean of the North.” For centuries it has been a vital thoroughfare for trade and travel across ethnic and religious borders. And the cities of Lübeck, Rostock, Danzig, Copenhagen and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 18th, 2016
 
Unsung Concertos Joseph Leopold Eybler: Clarinet Concerto (1798)

The comparatively late addition of the clarinet family to our modern catalogue of musical instruments at the turn of the 18th century immediately spawned countless generations of woodwind virtuosi. And the eccentric and not entirely reliable Anton Stadler quickly rose [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 14th, 2016
 
Minors of the Majors Antonín Dvořák: Silhouettes , Op. 8

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

by Georg Predota | December 12th, 2016
 
Movers and Shakers of Music World Hallelujah! Orchestrating a Financial Portfolio

We all know that George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was one of the all-time great composers. But did you know that he was also a big-time impresario who took exceedingly high risks and was not afraid to put his own money [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 10th, 2016
 
Unsung Concertos Nikolaus Kraft: Cello Concerto No. 1 (1815)

Antonín Kraft was one of the earliest cello superstars! A close personal friend of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven he became a founding member of the Schuppanzigh Quartet and helped to establish the tradition of modern string quartet playing. Considered one [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 7th, 2016
 
Minors of the Majors Edvard Grieg: 25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances , Op. 17

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

by Georg Predota | December 5th, 2016
 
A Girl’s Best Friend: Ethel Smyth and Marco

Nowadays composer Ethel Smyth is known less as a composer and more as a memoirist. Her multiple autobiographies are colorful windows into the musical life of the late nineteenth century. In 1919 she published Impressions That Remained, a book in [...] more >>

by Emily E. Hogstad | December 3rd, 2016