Terez Rose

About Terez Rose

Terez Rose is a ballet and classical music critic, who blogs regularly on her site, The Classical Girl. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Literary Mama, Espresso Fiction, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Ms. Rose is also the author of Off Balance and Outside the Limelight.

Schubert’s Seductive “Death and the Maiden”

By |2021-02-02T16:03:24-06:00January 30th, 2021|Categories: Audio/Video, Franz Schubert, Music|

Franz Schubert composed his “Death and the Maiden” quartet—one of the most compelling, soulful, profound, irresistible pieces of classical music—while battling syphilis and depression. It’s not just the maiden that Death is after in the music. It’s Schubert. I don’t consider myself to be someone easily seduced, much less by Death, but Franz Schubert’s “Death [...]

Debussy’s “Girl With the Flaxen Hair”

By |2020-02-17T13:28:37-06:00February 13th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Love, Music|

Claude Debussy’s “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” ranks right up there alongside his “Clair de Lune,” “Beau Soir,” and “Afternoon of a Faun” on my “favorite short classical pieces” list. In spite of their brevity, all of them immediately transport you, taking you to a vivid, sensual, evocative place that, once you’ve returned to the [...]

Holiday Therapy: César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”

By |2019-12-22T22:27:20-06:00December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Culture, Music|

César Franck’s beautiful short piece, “Panis Angelicus,” seems to epitomize all that is good about December, while serving as good therapy against those manic bouts of mandated (and teeth-gritting) good cheer. You hear the opening notes and your shoulders unclench; your thoughts slow. Your ears prick up in order to catch every beautiful note. I [...]

The Halloween-ness of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique”

By |2020-03-19T17:45:23-05:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Halloween, Hector Berlioz, Hector Berlioz Sesquicentennial Series|

It’s October, Halloween is approaching and I am obsessed with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Blame it on the title and mood of the symphony’s fifth movement: “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath.” Could any title be more deliciously spooky? It’s this movement, and this symphony, that make classical music people nod in recognition at the sound of Hector Berlioz’s [...]

Arvo Pärt’s Mystical, Mesmerizing “Fratres for Strings & Percussion”

By |2019-11-19T13:05:49-06:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Arvo Pärt, Audio/Video, Culture, Music|

In Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” there seem to be all sorts of emotions simmering just below the surface. Dense, big, life-and-death emotions. Ancient spirituality. All of it affects you at such a gut level. It’s majestic. It’s minimalist. Mr. Pärt’s spirituality, his philosophy, is there, tucked invisibly into the music. There is something about going to [...]

Slipping Inside Fauré’s Nocturne No. 4

By |2019-05-12T00:06:31-05:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Europe, Music|

Falling in love with French composer Gabriel Fauré’s Nocturne No. 4 wasn’t one of those thunderclap experiences. It crept up on me, gradually. I’d been listening to this Fauré Nocturne CD for almost a decade, mostly as I drove, and enjoying the music’s understated elegance and beauty. Then, this past year, something clicked with No. [...]

“Green Book” and Chopin’s Stunning Étude

By |2019-11-19T13:18:45-06:00February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Film, Frédéric Chopin, Music|

If you’re a moviegoer who follows the Oscars, you might have seen Green Book, a 2018 movie about an Italian-American bouncer who chauffeurs an African-American pianist on a performing tour through the deep South in the 1960s. It stars actors Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, and I can’t say enough good things about it. What drew me, of [...]

Ten Spooky Classical Music Favorites for Halloween

By |2020-10-27T11:45:04-05:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Camille Saint-Saëns, Culture, Halloween, J.S. Bach, Jean Sibelius, Music, Sergei Rachmaninoff|

It’s Halloween, and you’re looking for that perfect, spooky Halloween music that’s a little more sophisticated than “The Monster Mash” and “Thriller” and “Werewolves of London.” Look no further, friends. I’ve done my own hopping around to see what others consider to be their Top 10 classical spooky favorites. My list is a little different; [...]

Aram Khachaturian’s Sizzling Piano Concerto

By |2018-08-17T14:18:00-05:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Music|

With its driving rhythms, distinct flavors, accessibility, and charm, Aram Khachaturian's piano concerto was an instant success in 1936. Have no doubt, it’s a sizzler. It’s decisive, flamboyant, and arrives and departs in a pyrotechnic dazzle... Aram Khachaturian Nothing in the classical music repertoire says “summertime” more to me than Aram Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto. I [...]

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Magical “Scheherazade”

By |2019-11-19T13:46:01-06:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, History, Music|

Warning: do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery while listening to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade for the first time. Said composition is known to have caused feelings of extreme uplift, a dreamlike state, mild disorientation and a disassociation with the mundane. Use with caution, not to exceed ten listens per day, unless ordered by your doctor. Where to [...]

10 Great Violin Concertos You Must Hear

By |2018-05-20T07:40:39-05:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Camille Saint-Saëns, Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann|

The fun thing about really getting to know the violin concerto repertoire is that there are always more treasures to discover… The violin concerto repertoire is so rich and satisfying, I’m embarrassed to admit that, prior to becoming an adult beginner on the violin in 2005, I was only familiar with a few of them. This, [...]

Requiem for His Daughter: Franz Schmidt’s Lament

By |2020-11-01T16:10:28-06:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Death, History, Music|

Franz Schmidt’s lament makes grief beautiful. It elevates it to something irreproachable, like snow on a mountain peak that, when you’re stumbling around in it, stings and chills and makes you lose your footing, but from the distance, oh, the inexpressible beauty. As the story has it, when Hungarian-born twentieth century composer Franz Schmidt received the [...]

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