Author Archives: Brian Linnell

Berlioz and Post-Christian Europe

In the 16th century, the Catholic Church largely collapsed with the Protestant Reformation. The schism and the century of war … Continue reading

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Thomas Dartmouth Rice: The Original Jim Crow

In 1837, after 11 years spent pursuing his composing career in Europe, Anthony Philip Heinrich returned to the United States. … Continue reading

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Ferenc Erkel’s Masterpiece: His Opera “Bánk Bán”

In the upcoming podcast, 1837: A Year in Classical Music, vol. 6, I’ll discuss a very good chamber piece written … Continue reading

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1837, vol. 5: Henselt, Bull, Berlioz

Adolf von Henselt was known as the Chopin of Germany. He was skilled enough a pianist and composer to deserve … Continue reading

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Berlioz’s Plot to Assassinate Pleyel

Early in 1831, just after Berlioz won the Prix de Rome and began his two years of study at the … Continue reading

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“Jazz and Romanian Fiddling in Classical Music from 1926” — April 23rd, 2017

The decade that gave us flappers, women's suffrage, prohibition and the Great Depression, also delivered works by music greats Aaron … Continue reading

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Matthew B. Tepper’s Berlioz Requiem Page

Hector Berlioz finished two of his most important compositions in 1837, one of them his immense and powerful Requiem. I … Continue reading

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Copland, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and the Hoe-Down from Rodeo

Everyone knows the “Hoe-Down” tune from Aaron Copland’s Ballet Rodeo (even if they don’t know who Aaron Copland was or … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Princess Christina Belgiojoso

It was Princess Christina Belgiojoso who hosted the Liszt vs. Thalberg duel and commissioned the Hexaméron Variations in 1837, all … Continue reading

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