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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Can an unbeliever, a denier of the faith, produce such music as Beethoven did in his Missa Solemnis?... It has long been fashionable in music history textbooks to speak of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as a purely artistic statement that, to...

When I first heard chamber music, it seemed an acquired taste, and subsequently a taste I acquired.  So I will recite some personal history without any illusion that it matters because it was my experience.  On the...

Across the centuries, composers have been inspired by the twin dramas of human conflict and the subsequent making of peace. Here are ten great pieces of classical music that dramatize war, celebrate its resolution, and recall its sacrifices.
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Though Handel's Messiah rightly reigns supreme as the king of music for Easter, there are many other seasonal masterpieces that deserve to be heard more often. Here are ten lesser-known classical works that...

The violin concerto as a form of music has endured for some 300 years and remains, alongside the piano concerto, the most popular type of concerto played in modern concert halls and committed to recording....

It is one of the most popular themes in all of classical music, nay, in all of music, period.  It has been used as the melody of a famous church hymn written in 1907, as the theme music...