Throwing shade, tossing zingers, lobbing jabs. It’s always entertaining to hear about a superbly-delivered insult. Especially when we aren’t at the brunt of it! Here are 10 truly delightful classical music insults and music by the composers that inspired them:
In honor of Richard Strauss‘ 150th birthday, we compiled a selection of tributes to one of his most famous works: Also Sprach Zarathustra! We know Also Sprach Zarathustra best from the opening sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but did you know that Strauss’ music was originally intended to serve solely as placeholder sound until the film score was completed? Alex North, the successful Hollywood composer who was hired to write
We’re highlighting Richard Wagner this month since his birthday was last week! His life was full of drama and his music was no less interesting. This episode is packed with trivia and a look at a very famous piece of music that now permeates popular culture. Get ready for some fun!
In honor of this month’s music, science, and outer space theme, our latest podcast features Gustav Holst and his famous piece, The Planets. If you are new to classical music, The Planets is a great place to start!
Most of the U.S. is still waiting to thaw from a very long winter, so we put together a “Springtime Joy” playlist to help lift your spirits! Coax that snow to melt with this two-plus hour playlist full of spring music favorites. Most are happy, joyous, and light. And, of course, we included the intensely ornery Rite of Spring for good measure as well. Head on over to our Rdio page and listen! We’d also
In honor of Marches Madness, this month’s podcast is a salute to the illustrious life of John Philip Sousa, “The March King.” Lots of trivia, too! What is your favorite John Philip Sousa march? So many to choose from!
Halloween is nearly here! Ready to be spooked? Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain will help with that! Our latest podcast explores the life of Mussorgsky and one of his most famous works.
Classical music is so much more than Beethoven and Mozart! While their work was and is amazing, there are many talented composers right here in the U.S. (past and present) that you have likely never heard of. In a truly American way, each of the composers featured below had a vastly different approach to what classical music written in the U.S. is and should be. A small survey of an expansive and fascinating world… John
This month’s podcast features Johannes Brahms. Just because! Take a few moments to learn a little about his life and hear some of his music. You won’t regret it!
Not a lot is said about Eric Coates, who was known as the King of Light Music in his time. Today is the 127th anniversary of his birth, so we felt this was a great time to put Coates back in the spotlight for a few minutes. He was quite an interesting character! Download this and Salon97’s previous podcast episodes on Libsyn!