Composer of the Week: Lars-Erik Larsson

b. May 15, 1908 in Akarp, Sweden d. December 26, 1986 in Helsingborg, Sweden Lars-Erik Larsson‘s Nordic Romanticism awesomeness makes him our composer of the week! Larsson worked as a music critic in addition to working as a conductor, composer, and producer for Swedish radio after studying at the Stockholm Conservatory. Holding these positions presented Larsson with an opportunity to greatly influence the musical tastes of his country. Additionally, his studies with composer Alban Berg

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Composer of the Week: Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn, a musical prodigy who is known as the Mozart of the 19th Century, is our Composer of the Week, and he was also featured at our recent Summer Music Soiree listening party! b. February 3, 1809 in Hamburg, Germany d. November 4, 1847 in Leipzig, Germany Felix Mendelssohn began writing masterpieces at the tender age of 15 and wrote the amazing Opus 21, Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at age 17. His

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Composer of the Week: Quincy Porter

Few people have heard of Quincy Porter or his fabulous compositions. His undeniable underdogness makes him our Composer of the Week. b. February 7, 1897 in New Haven, Connecticut d. November 12, 1966 in Bethany, Connecticut Quincy Porter, who’s compositional style bridged Impressionism with chromaticism to create his own idiom, composed a catalog of music including two symphonies, a cycle of nine string quartets, and numerous other orchestral and chamber works. Among these are the

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It’s Just Music

This introspective and honest article by Benjamin F. Carlson has been floating around the classical music community over the past week. For obvious reasons, classical people get really excited when someone from “the outside” gives us a nod and says our music is good, too. That aside, the article is a good read for anyone — no matter what your musical preferences may be. A brief excerpt: … I feel lucky to know the big

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Composer of the Week: Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky wrote a ton of super awesome music — and he is considered by many to be the most influential composer of the 20th century! He is our Composer of the Week. b. June 17, 1882 d. April 6, 1971 “Consonance, says the dictionary, is the combination of several tones into a harmonic unit. Dissonance results from the deranging of this harmony by the addition of tones foreign to it. One must admit that

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Composer of the Week: Arvo Pärt

Previously heard at Salon97’s “Living Composers in the Dead of Winter” and “Terrible Twos” events, Arvo Pärt is a truly one of a kind and amazing composer, and he’s our Composer of the Week! b. September 11, 1935 in Paide, Estonia Arvo Pärt began studying music at an early age and had already worked as a recording engineer, film composer, and stage composer by the time he completed his conservatory studies in 1963. Due to

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