Today’s cultural moment

September 8, 2022

In honor of the birthday of Czech composer Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), here is the first movement of his Serenade for Strings, in a performance by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

Happy birthday, Peter

May 7, 2017

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed vocal and instrumental works of many kinds, ranging from large-scale works such as symphonies, concerti for piano and violin, operas, and ballets to string quartets, songs, and pieces for solo piano. He employed musical forms that had evolved in the West but imbued them with a distinctively Russian flavor, sometimes weaving traditional Russian folk melodies into his compositions.

Here is the waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, composed in 1880.

Just for fun:

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” played on glass harp. 

The finale from the 1812 Overture in a musical visualization by Ernie Kovacs.

“Dance of the Reed Flutes” performed by the St. Luke’s Bottle Band. 

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