Songs & Dances of Death: 10 Classical Works for the End of Time

By |2021-02-03T18:22:39-06:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Music, Richard Strauss, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

From Modest Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death to Oliver Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, here are ten great classical pieces about death and the end of this world. They may or may not provide you comfort. 1. Songs and Dances of Death, by Modest Mussorgsky A song cycle for voice (usually bass [...]

“Dreaming by the Fireside”

By |2020-11-26T09:46:04-06:00December 10th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Richard Strauss|

Richard Strauss' "Dreaming by the Fireside"  ("Träumerei am Kamin") is one of the four orchestral interludes that the composer wrote for his 1924 opera, Intermezzo. Strauss himself wrote the libretto for this two-act drama, basing it on incidents in his marriage to his wife Pauline. The Imaginative Conservative applies the principle of appreciation to the discussion of [...]

Let it Snow! Six Great Classical Musical Portraits of Winter

By |2021-02-11T16:57:35-06:00January 17th, 2014|Categories: Art, Audio/Video, Edgar Allan Poe, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

As polar vortices descend upon the moderate climate zones, allow me to recommend to you, dear reader, six pieces of classical music that will warm your soul, as you curl up by the fire with a good book and a hot toddy. […]

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