Gustav Mahler and the Curse of the Ninth Symphony

By |2019-07-02T17:07:24-05:00April 25th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

Immortal Beloved: Musical Love Letters from the Great Composers

By |2019-02-14T11:15:51-05:00February 13th, 2017|Categories: Gustav Mahler, Hector Berlioz, Love, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

Love has inspired countless composers, some of whom have written pieces dedicated to, or directly inspired by, their own beloveds. Here are ten of the best musical love letters ever composed... The Wagners' villa at Tribschen. "Wherever I turn outside my house I am in the midst of a magic world," Richard Wagner wrote. "I [...]

The Ten Most Beautiful Classical Symphonies

By |2019-03-26T15:38:02-05:00November 27th, 2013|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Culture, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

“Imagination creates reality.” —Richard Wagner Though beauty is an absolute reality, we human beings see through a glass darkly, and the space between objective beauty and our own personal taste can be fuzzy. Any list that seeks to rank the most beautiful works of any kind is thus going to be subjected to fierce [...]