Author Archives: Brian Linnell

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, … Continue reading

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Havergal Brian, Symphony no. 1 “The Gothic”

Of the many 1926 compositions I didn't have time to cover in the podcasts (see "More Compositions from 1926"), the … Continue reading

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Piano Concertos by Mozart and Salieri from 1773

To my surprise… I find the Salieri C Major concerto to be the equal of Mozart's D Major. Mozart, Piano … Continue reading

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Feb. 9, ’14: British, Russian, and Viennese Viola Music from 1926

Brian Linnell’s interview with Michael Lyon on KIOS: (OMAHA, Nebraska — February 3, 2014) The years 1900 to 1945 … Continue reading

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Film of Kandinsky Painting in 1926

This is a short film of the Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky at work in 1926, the first Year in … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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The Opera House that Keeps Burning Down

Studying the Italian opera written in 1837, I came across the story of the aptly name Teatro La Fenice (Phoenix … Continue reading

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London in 1926 — Color Film

Here's some rare color film of London in 1926 — the first year in classical music we've studied at A … Continue reading

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So Much Opera in 1837!

I'm very nearly ready to begin releasing the series of ten podcasts on 1837, which are up next. It's striking … Continue reading

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