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.

Gustav Mahler and the Curse of the Ninth Symphony

By |2020-07-06T18:25:22-05:00April 25th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Gustav Mahler, History, Music|

Back in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, a superstition developed in the classical music world that prophesied the Ninth would be a composer’s last symphony. Arnold Schoenberg summed it up in an eloquent fashion, stating that “he who wants to go beyond it must pass away. It seems as if something might be imparted to [...]

Elgar, Enigma, and Easter

By |2020-04-13T01:05:40-05:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Easter, Music|

Easter likely hadn’t been on Edward Elgar’s mind when he wrote his “Enigma Variations,” yet this wondrous, utterly memorable piece conjures up a rush of powerful spirituality, a sense of Easter Sunday grandeur. It is most decidedly “death has been conquered; arise and go forth” music. While my first choice for classical music on [...]

The Exoticism & Euphoria of Debussy’s “Afternoon of a Faun”

By |2018-03-24T22:13:59-05:00March 24th, 2018|Categories: Art, Culture, Music|

Claude Debussy’s “Afternoon of a Faun” delivers volumes of sensation. Languor, sensuality, euphoria, curiosity, an awareness of the exotic. You are flung back to your own childhood, your adolescence, all awash in new experiences, colors, sensations. For ten fleeting minutes, you let the music cradle you, transport you… When I listen to Debussy’s “Prelude [...]

Haunted by Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony”

By |2019-11-19T13:55:25-06:00March 1st, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Beauty, Culture, History, Music|

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 has so many distinct and wonderful flavors, it just amazes me. And the first movement is so vibrant, unexpected, cinematic. The second movement utterly transports me… Being haunted by music sounds like something I should be writing about in late October, but I think it will still work. And there’s [...]

Is Rachmaninoff’s Music Too Schmaltzy?

By |2020-04-01T08:33:57-05:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Culture, History, Music, Sergei Rachmaninoff|

Many classical music purists today consider Sergei Rachmaninoff’s music to be excessively sentimental, admittedly lush but too similar-sounding once you’ve heard one concerto. But is this a fair assessment? Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op 18 is the kind of music that grips you by the collar and draws you into its world [...]

How You Can Begin Playing the Violin Today

By |2018-07-02T23:37:05-05:00January 25th, 2018|Categories: Education, Featured, Music|

You are not too old to start. It is not too hard. If you harbor any interest in learning how to play the violin, or if you’re merely curious to see a violin up close, examine how it works, what’s stopping you? Here are five easy steps to take… I know, it sounds like [...]

Finnish Perfection: The Sibelius Violin Concerto

By |2019-12-05T10:54:34-06:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Books, Jean Sibelius, Music|

There is something immoderate about Sibelius’ Violin Concerto—something vulnerable and unspeakably beautiful, right there along something dark and brooding. The piece illustrates that not only do darkness and beauty coexist, they enhance each other… It’s complex, gripping, devilishly complicated, and sounds like no other concerto in the violin repertoire. Listening to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ violin [...]

Ten Odd Facts about Handel’s “Messiah”

By |2019-11-19T14:13:41-06:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, History, Music|

By 1741, Handel had fallen deeply into debt, and was even threatened with debtors’ prison. Instead, he departed to Ireland for a sabbatical, where he wrote his Messiah in just twenty-four days... "The Child Handel," Margaret Isabel Dicksee (1893) While Handel’s Messiah is, for many, an annual Advent spectacle—certainly orchestras and choirs across the country [...]

Sibelius, “Finlandia,” and the Cry of Freedom

By |2020-07-18T21:10:30-05:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Europe, Freedom, Jean Sibelius, Music, Patriotism|

In 1900, Jean Sibelius revised his patriotic tone-poem, “Finlandia,” and its popularity grew in leaps and bounds. Suddenly the world knew about Sibelius, “Finlandia,” and Finnish national pride. Jean Sibelius’ tone-poem, Finlandia, wasn’t supposed to be the program headliner that Saturday night at the San Francisco Symphony. The main draw was the Sibelius Violin Concerto, gracefully and [...]

Humperdinck’s “Evening Prayer” of Fourteen Angels

By |2019-03-07T11:22:56-06:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Family, Music|

In the second act of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, Hänsel and Gretel, there is a treasure that will live forever in the hearts of countless listeners: Fourteen angels take the stage and gather round and protect the children, a prayer come to life… Hansel and Gretel waited deep in the forest for their father. When noon came, each ate a little [...]

Robert Schumann’s Enigmatic Violin Concerto

By |2020-06-08T14:47:25-05:00November 16th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Robert Schumann|

Composed in a matter of weeks in 1853, the Violin Concerto was Schumann's last major work before the madness set in. The program at the San Francisco Symphony was billed as “Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, with guest conductor Roberto Abbado.” Great, enjoyable stuff. But one glance at my playbill once I was seated gave me [...]

Creating Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony

By |2019-11-19T14:27:10-06:00November 6th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Beauty, Culture, History, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky|

Tchaikovsky's First Symphony is a delight: fresh, assured and just plain fun to listen to. The violins introduce the first movement with a shimmering, sweet tremolo, giving it a dreamy, gossamer texture, that perfectly illustrates the movement’s subtitle, “Daydreams of a Winter Journey"... While a longtime fan of Tchaikovsky, I must confess that, up to a [...]

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