1837 podcasts

1837, vol. 4: Meyerbeer, Hensel, Heinrich

By 1837, Giacomo Meyerbeer was the star composer of the Paris Opéra. He had premiered his opera Robert le diable there in 1831. It was a sensational success, but Meyerbeer outdid himself with his next opera, Les Huguenot, which had premiered at Paris in the spring of 1836. […] Continue reading

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1837, vol. 3: Sor, Glinka, Liszt

Spanish guitarist and composer Fernando Sor was born in 1778. He grew up at Montserrat, which is just outside Valencia, halfway up the east coast of Spain on the Mediterranean. In 1808, when Sor was 30 […] Continue reading

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1837, vol. 2: Hummel, Lortzing, Chopin

If I could have seen the world from the perspective of any one classical musician, if it were for the sake of being able to meet as many of Europe's legendary musicians as possible, I think I'd choose Johann Nepomuk Hummel. […] Continue reading

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1837, vol. 1: Cherubini, Mercadante, Donizetti

There was not a state of Italy in 1837, but the Italian unification movement was well underway. The Italian peninsula at the time was a collection of city-states and duchies and kingdoms, which had been reconstituted by the Congress of Vienna in 1815, after the Napoleonic wars. […] Continue reading

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