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K-Pop Most Popular Videos
Created by Amy Edmonds on 01 Mar 2017

The most popular, well known, or important videos of the K-Pop phenomenon.

Erik Satie - Trois Gymnopédies
Created by David Vaughn on 30 Oct 2018

This list features "Trois Gymnopédies" for piano by French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925). Virtually unknown at the time of its publication, it only achieved any type of popularity after the composer (and Satie friend) Claude Debussy orchestrated the 1st and ...

First recorded samba
Created by André Avorio on 07 Feb 2017

The first samba ever recorded, Pelo Telefone began dancing its way into Brazilian hearts 100 years ago today. With a name meaning “on the telephone,” the upbeat number was an ode to new technologies, written by Ernesto dos Santos (better ...

Grieg - Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Created by David Vaughn on 01 Mar 2019

This list discusses the Holberg Suite, Op. 40 by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Composed in 1884, its proper title is translated as "From Holberg's Time" and was written to commemorate the birth of 18th-century Dano-Norwegian playwright and philosopher Ludvig ...

Michael Praetorius 'Es ist ein' Ros' Entsprungen'
Created by David Vaughn on 13 Dec 2018

This list consists of five different renditions of the hymn 'Es ist ein' Ros' Entsprungen' harmonized by German composer Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). The text of the hymn, prophesying the birth of Jesus Christ, has made the tune popular during the ...

Maria Callas
Created by Danielle Relyea on 29 May 2018

This playlist features a selection of the most well-known arias in the operatic repertoire, performed by Maria Callas. One particularly popular aria, "Una voce poco fa" was originally written for contralto in the key of E major, but is frequently ...

Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 'Romantic'
Created by David Vaughn on 28 Nov 2018

This list discusses the fourth symphony by Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-1896). Composed in 1874, it was revised at least seven times over the following 14 years. Also known as the 'Romantic', it is the only symphony given a nickname ...

The Bartered Bride
Created by Amy Shaw on 10 Sep 2019

On September 25, 1870, Czech composer Bedřich Smetana premiered his fourth and final version of The Bartered Bride (Prodaná Nevěsta) in Prague at the Provisional Theatre. This lighthearted comic opera in three acts was the second of Smetana's eight completed ...

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18
Created by David Vaughn on 21 Jun 2019

Today's free download is the second Piano Concerto in C minor, Op. 18 by Russian composer and virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943). Completed in 1901, it is a three-movement concerto form with piano and orchestra. It was premiered in full ...

Giacomo Puccini
Created by Amy Shaw on 16 Sep 2019

This week's download contains the works of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), considered to be one of the greatest composers of Italian opera. Puccini , who was born in Lucca, Italy, came from a long line of musicians and composers. He entered ...

Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections (Cambridge University Press, 2009; lightly corrected paperback 2011)
Created by Ralph Locke on 18 Nov 2019

A Japanese geisha, a Middle Eastern caravan, a Hungarian-'Gypsy' fiddler, Carmen flinging a rose at Don José - portrayals of people and places that are considered somehow 'exotic' have been ubiquitous from 1700 to today, whether in opera, Broadway musicals, ...

Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Selections)
Created by David Vaughn on 28 Jan 2019

This list discusses the tone poem 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' by German composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Used in countless movies, TV shows and commercials, and even by Elvis Presley, the opening to 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' is one of the most iconic ...

Works of Kosma and Arlen -- Music for Autumn
Created by Jaclyn Rosansky on 02 Aug 2019

This list features the works, "Autumn Leaves," composed by Joseph Kosma, (1905-1969) in 1945 with the help of French poet Jacques Prévert, and "Over the Rainbow," composed by Harold Arlen, (1905-1986) in 1939. Joseph Kosma was a French composer with ...