Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ‘Russian Easter Festival Overture’: A Holiday Celebration

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture Context Completed in the summer of 1888, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov completed his ‘Bright Holiday’ work Russian Easter Festival Overture ready for its premiere in December 1888. It was dedicated to the memory of two of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian contemporaries, Modest Mussorgsky and Alexander Borodin, who were Read more…

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ‘Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy’: A Forbidden Love

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy Context Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy is a symphonic poem-like work that encapsulates the tragic love story between Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This piece of programme music went through three stages of being re-drafted and manipulated by Tchaikovsky until the version Read more…