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Episode 30: Rachmaninoff and Symphony No. 2, Mvt. III

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 Romantic, symphony, Russian | Comments

Do you know this melody? If not, you will after this episode about one of the great melody composers, Serge Rachmaninoff and his iconic Symphony No. 2!

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Episode 23: Weill and Symphony No. 2

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 symphony, American, German | Comments

We're at it again with a composer who loved the theatre but was equally as comfortable in the concert hall: German composer Kurt Weill. His symphonic masterpiece, the Second Symphony, will illuminate how wonderful this underappreciated composer really is!

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Holiday Special: An Easter Playlist

Sunday, April 16th, 2017 Romantic, symphony, Overture, holiday, Russian, Renaissance, Vocal, Band, Contemporary | Comments

Hello CoffeeHousers! It’s an off week for a new episode, but we thought you might like some inspiration for an Easter holiday playlist for brunch, lunch, dinner, or any time in between! We have for you a selection of pieces written specifically for Easter festivities, and others just for those spring time feelings. Enjoy!

  1. Russian Easter Overture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXR0tloMmoo

This is a CoffeeHouse favorite, written by Rimsky-Korsakov. It is in the style of cantors in the Russian Orthodox Church, but this orchestration is so triumphant sounding!

  1. Symphony 2: "Resurrection" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpug1NIi2s0

This is the second symphony of Gustav Mahler, so you just can’t go wrong. The resurrection described by the subtitle refers to the musical protagonist Mahler takes with him through all of his symphonies, but it is still fitting for the holiday’s significance.

  1. St. Matthew Passion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P21qlB0K-Bs

Bach really nailed it with this oratorio. It’s been described as the finest choral work ever written!

  1. The Water Passion After St. Matthew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzR8mjxX7i8

For those listeners who like the St. Matthew Passion and modern music, the Water Passion in for you! This ingenious work by Tan Dun has the original Passion text mixed with innovative orchestration and percussionists playing with water!

  1. Cavalleria Rusticana:Overture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idquyGAKyL0 and Easter Hymn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKTWkMC8KQo

These are some excerpts from a one act opera by Mascagni that happens to take place on Easter Sunday.

  1. The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cPchmU-pB4

Another oratorio, this one by the masterful Joseph Haydn. 

  1. The Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HPtSftZ3b0

Based on colored eggs found this time of year, we suggest another Russian work, this one by Mussorgsky. This is a sweet little movement from his larger work Pictures At An Exhibition, with the rest of the movements having no relation to Easter.

  1. Irish Suite: The Rakes of Mallow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYpS3ak9erk

Leroy Anderson composed this work based on a folk song. It might remind you of marshmallow peeps found in an Easter basket.

  1. Dancing at Stonehenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4uFEbMRTC0

This is a work for wind band by Anthony Suter. It is a nod to the argument that many modern Easter symbols such as bunnies and eggs are said to have originated from pagan traditions.

  1. White as Lilies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQk_KIikKBM

A lovely English song by John Dowland, representative of the holiday as white lilies typically are the flower of choice to represent the occasion.

Episode 15: Balakirev and the Symphony No. 1 in C Major

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 symphony, Russian | Comments

We're traveling to the Mother Land of Russia this week to explore the massive influence of a little-known composer. Get ready to feel the power of the mighty Russian musical sound-scape!

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Episode 8: Nielsen and Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”: mvt. I

Sunday, November 6th, 2016 Romantic, symphony, Nielsen | Comments

What does the turn of the 20th century and the ancient Greeks have in common? They both influenced Carl Nielsen's musical voice! Find out more about Nielsen on this episode of the Coffee House!

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Episode 7: Brahms and Symphony #3, Mvt I

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 Romantic, symphony, brahms | Comments

Why did it take Brahms so long to write his four symphonies, and why are they so fantastic? Find out in this episode!

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Episode 5: Beethoven and Symphony #7, Mvt. III

Monday, September 26th, 2016 classical, Romantic, symphony | Comments

Let's take a look at Beethoven's fantastic life and works by analyzing his Symphony #7, mvt. III, a scherzo-trio movement!

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