Antonín Dvořák ‘Symphony No.9’: Treasures of Old and New

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No.9 (From the New World) Context Dvořák composed his last, and indeed most internationally popular, symphony in his first year of living in the United States of America. Dvořák’s career, financial situation and international recognition had all ideally lined up when he was commissioned to compose the Read more…

Alexander von Zemlinksy ‘Symphony No. 1 in D minor’: A Master of Musical Colour

Alexander von Zemlinsky: Symphony No. 1 in D minor Born in Vienna in 1871, Alexander von Zemlinsky was tutored by some of the ‘great’ composers of the Romantic period – Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms. After the premiere of Zemlinsky’s First Symphony, Brahms supported the young composer until his own death Read more…

Arthur Bliss ‘A Colour Symphony’: A Colourful Musical Palette

Arthur Bliss: A Colour Symphony Although thoroughly represented on records from the 20th Century, Arthur Bliss’ works are seldom performed outside of the United Kingdom in the 21st Century. As a composer who took influence from composers such as Elgar, Stravinksy, Ravel, and Vaughan Williams, Bliss’ compositional style is quintessentially British, Read more…