Dvorak and Moussorgsky

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

Dvorak "American" Quartet last movement

Dvorak Slavonic Dance #2 Dumka
Dvorak Slavonic Dance #3 Polka
Dvorak Slavonic Dance #8 Furiant

Dvorak Symphony #7 First Movement

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

Moussorgsky Song of the Flea

Once upon a time lived a king
Who owned a handsome flea….
....a flea, hahahahaha .....a flea.

He cherished him and loved him
As though a son were he…
A flea, hahahahaha ...a flea ha etc….a flea…

He called the royal tailor
Who toiled for days and nights
To make the flea a doublet
And fancy purple tights.
….purple tights.

A flea hahahaetc

Our flea is dressed in velvet
And silks of golden hue
A ribbon o'er his shoulder
A jewelled order too...
...a flea! hahahaha...a flea!

A minister they made him
A diamond star he wore
And all his poor relations
Got orders galore...

The courtiers, male and female,
They were no longer gay.
The queen and all her ladies
Were pestered night and day, ha ha!

To scratch they were forbidden,
They had to bear the prick.
But we, when we are bitten
Know how to scratch... and kick!
Hahahaha etc

Original Piano version of Bydlo (Polish Ox Cart) from Pictures at an Exhibition

Bydlo orchestrated by Ravel
Bydlo orchestrated by Gorchaov

Original Piano version of Catacomes from Pictures at an Exhibition
Catacomes orchestrated by Ravel

Piano version of Promenade #3

Orchestral version of Promenade #3

Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells


Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Here's the opening of Mahler's First Symphony, and the opening of the third movement.
Here's the opening of Mahler's Fifth Symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
"Ging heut Morgen übers Feld" sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Kathleen Ferrier sings Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen.

Brahms and Tchaikovsky

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Here's the third movement of the Brahms C minor Piano Quartet, and here's the fourth movement performed by another ensemble. Here is a performance of the Piano Quintet (string quartet plus piano).

Here is a film of Yehudi Menuhin playing the Hungarian Dance #5.

Here is a film of Richter playing the opening of the Second Piano Concerto.

This is the beginning of the last movement of the First Symphony. The Beethoven-like tune begins at 2:37. This is the third movement from Brahms' Third Symphony.

Here's the last movement of the Violin Concerto played by Henryk Szeryng, and a performance of the same movement by Nathan Milstein.

Pitor Illich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Here's a film of Henryk Szeryng playing the last movement of the Violin Concerto. Notice the lyrical second theme is a lot like Lensky's Aria from Eugene Onegin sung here in a German translation by Fritz Wunderlich.
This Russian Dance from the Nutcracker ballet is one of Tchaikovsky's best-known pieces.

This Waltz from Sleeping Beauty is another of his best-known pieces.

Here is the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's D major String Quartet.

Here's a great Monty Python parody of the opening of the Piano Concerto, and the finale of the Fifth Symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein.


Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Flying Dutchman Overture
Excerpt from Das Rheingold
Siegfried Horn Call
The Ride of the Vakyries
Kirstin Flagstad as Brunhilde
Tannhauser Overture Part 1 Conducted by Toscanini
Tannhauser Overture Part 2
Prelude to Parsifal
Tristan Prelude and Liebestod Part 1
Tristan Prelude and Liebestod Part 2
Tristan Prelude and Liebestod Part 3
Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria
Wagner's interesting physical similarity with a famous 21st century personality
Deems Taylor's "The Monster," an essay about Wagner.

Watch a synopsis of the The Ring Cycle in 2 and a half minutes. It is both amusing and accurate!

Italian Opera: Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

Largo al factotum from Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
Another vastly-different approach to the staging of the same aria.

Non piu mesta from Rossini's La Cenerentola, sung by Cecilia Bartoli.

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Libiamo Libiamo, the drinking song from Verid's La Traviata, sung by Placido Domingo and Theresa Stratas.

La donne e mobile from Verdi's Rigoletto sung by Luciano Pavarotti. Here's an English translation.

Niun me tema, the end of
Otello with Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming, and niun me tema
from another production.

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Vissi d'arte from Puccini's Tosca and an English translation. and here's E lucevan le stelle with subtitles, and performance I like better without subtitles (the singer is the same--Placido Domingo).

Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot. Here's an English translation.

Chopin, Paganini, Liszt, and the Schumanns

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840)

Here's Nathan Milstein playing the Caprice #5, and here is a link to the original manuscript of the 24 Caprices.

Here's Mayuko Kamio playing the Caprice #24 (which is a theme and variations), and Paganini's Joke played by Joseph Lendvay.

The Paganini Project: Everything you can imagine about Paganini!
Here's a great relationship-filled biography of Franz Liszt (a PDF) that is filled with pictures.

Caricatures of Franz Liszt
Watch Gyorgy Cziffra play Liszt's Gnomenreigen, and the Grand Gallop Chromatique. The watch the 8-year-old Umi Garrett play the Gnomenreigen.

Now listen to Richter play the first movement, the second movement, and the last movement of Liszt's Second Piano Concerto.

Frederick Chopin

Richter plays the Chopin Etude Opus 12, No. 11 and the Scherzo

Here's a link to a performance of the Revolutionary Etude in C minor, and here's a link to the music.

Here's a list of all of Chopin's music.

Chopin and Liszt meet "Hollywood Style"

Here's a complete list of music by Liszt.

Clara and Robert Schumann

Claudio Arrau plays Carnaval (this chunk begins with Eusebius, and ends with A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A., and he leaves out Sphinxes). This chunk begins with Charina, which is followed by Chopin. Paganini begins at about 7 minutes in.

Here's the score.

Here is a bit of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, and some of her Piano Trio.

Here is Ich grolle nicht from Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe as sung by Robert Sims, and here's some of his Piano Quintet.

Here's Robert Schumann's Third Symphony, called "The Rhenish."

Schubert, Berlioz, and the Mendelssohns

Franz Schubert

Fritz Wunderlich singing An Silvia. Here's the text and translation.
Erlkönig sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dudley Moore's parody of the Erlkönig
Das Wandern sung by Peter Pears with Benjamin Britten at the piano
Der Neugierige

Julius Katchen playing Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy.

Glenn Gould talking about Svatoslav Richter playing Schubert's G Major Sonata

Here's the first movement of Schubert's Death and the Maiden String Quartet.

Here's the first movement of Schubert's Symphony 8.

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

Songe d'une Nuit de Sabbat from the Symphonie Fantastique.

Schubert's Erlkonig orchestrated by Berlioz!

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)
Fanny Hensel's Piano Piece Opus 2, No. 1 (performed by Byron Schenkman), and her Notturno for Piano and Song Without Words Opus 8, no. 3 performed by Elzbieta Sternlicht.

Fanny's younger brother Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

You can read about him here.

Here's the last movement of Mendelssohn's Octet, and here's his Rondo Capriccioso.

Mendelssohn Italian Symphony First Movement

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto last movement