To their contemporaries, the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (born in 1860) and the German composer Richard Strauss (born in 1864) were a study in contrasts. The short, nervous Mahler, and the tall, phlegmatic Strauss even looked different. Both were famous composers and conductors who knew and...Episode details...
Help us create the perfect soundtrack for Halloween. Visit our online ballot to vote for your favorite 'scary' classical music -- what we call Creepy Classics. We'll use your votes to build a delightfully creepy playlist for Monday, Oct. 31.
From a young age, Sam Shepherd has rejected the idea of neat, tidy musical categories. He studied classical piano growing up, but felt confined by what he calls the "dots on a page." It wasn't until he heard a performer really making a classical piece his own, breaking out of strictly classical feel, that he was hooked. Now, Shepherd writes music under the alias "Floating Points."
The trombone players in the Buffalo Philharmonic asked composer Eric Ewazen if he would write something especially for them. Ewazen loved the idea and came up with his Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll go to Buffalo to hear it in concert.
Come match wits with Bruce Adolphe - now you can play the Piano Puzzler anytime, anywhere! Every week, we're putting a sneak peek of the upcoming Puzzler online; have a listen, and then send us your best guess.
We all have our favorite pieces of classical music and our favorite composers, and we probably all have musical moments we'll never forget. Have you ever wanted to share those moments with other classical music lovers? Well, here's your chance!