Monthly Archives: October 2013

Biography: Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (b. 1833 Hamburg, d. Vienna 1897) is widely considered one of the 19th century’s greatest composers and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic era. Music was introduced to his life at an early age and he … Continue reading

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Links & Listens: Classic FM’s Guide to Brahms

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Library Spotlight: Naxos Music Library

http://www.naxosmusiclibrary.com From the Naxos Music Library’s F.A.Q.: Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering over 1,292,700 tracks of Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, … Continue reading

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Links & Listens: Brahms’ Schumann Variations

Composed in 1854, the Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann are a testament to the respect and friendship between these two great composers. The theme – taken from Schumann’s Bunte Blätter, Op. 9 – was also used as a subject … Continue reading

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History Lesson: 19th Century Germany

19th Century Germany, as the Schumanns and Brahms experienced it was a time of great change which culminated in the unification of the German state in 1871.

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Links & Listens: The Letters of Robert Schumann from the Open Library

The Open Library project is an open, editable library catalog, whose mission is to make available every book ever published. Over 1,000,000 free e-book titles are available, including The Letters of Robert Schumann, a selection of translations of Schumann’s personal … Continue reading

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Biography: Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) is best remembered for his piano music and songs, but also made significant contributions to all musical genres of his time. Together he and his wife Clara were a true ‘power couple’ of the 19th Century music … Continue reading

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