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Statue of Gustav Holst

Holst Suite Showdown: First vs. Second

British composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934) paved the way for modern concert band music. Other composers had written for groups of wind and percussion instruments before (sometimes called “bands”), but Holst’s two suites for military...

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Learn music appreciation with the rousing “Overture to Colas Breugnon”

Sometimes the overture lives on for far longer than the rest of the show it introduces. Such is the case of Colas Breugnon, an opera by Dmitry (Dmitri) Kabalevsky. You may have heard of...

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Do You Need to Understand Classical Music to Appreciate It?

Do you have to understand something to like or appreciate it? Think about all the cultural things we experience: art, music, theater, dance, cuisine, literature. And more. People study and hone their craft in...

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Who wrote it better? Tchaikovsky vs. Rimsky-Korsakov

“Want to hear ‘Dance of the Tumblers’?” “Sure! That’s a great piece!” ♪♫ music starts playing ♪♫ “That’s not it.” “Um, yes it is. See the title? It’s from The Snow Maiden” “I know...

Photo of Amy Marcy (Cheney) Beach (1867-1944)

Help Celebrate the 150th Birthday of This Pioneering Composer

Happy birthday, Amy Beach! Who’s Amy Beach, you ask? Sadly, too many people ask that question, despite her being one of America’s foremost woman composers. As today is the 150th anniversary of her birth,...

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