Classical Music With Big Mike

Mozart’s Pensive Adagio

One of my favorite movements from Mozart’s piano concerti is the adagio movement from his 23rd piano concerto. The second movement of this Mozart concerto, while somewhat sad and thoughtful, is nevertheless very peaceful and beautiful. This concerto is in A Major, a key which usually foretells a bright happy mood…and that is true for the…

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Mendelssohn Piano Excitement

My favorite of all the classical music genres is the piano concerto, especially when you have one as exciting as the Mendelssohn concerto in G-minor. I remember my daughter’s classical piano teacher saying that a concerto was like a contest-the soloist vs. the orchestra. In Mendelssohn’s 1st piano concerto there is no doubt who wins…

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Simply Genius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the quintessential classical composer, along with Ludwig Van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach, are my top three favorite composers. Mozart, in my opinion, could make more with an uncomplicated theme or idea than any other composer. The musical idea may at first sound simple without much substance but the genius Mozart could…

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Antonin Dvorak – The Great Czech, Mate

One of my favorite composers is the great Czech Romantic composer, Antonin Dvorak [last name pronounced di-Vore-zshack]. While Bedrich Smetana is called the father of Czech music, Dvorak, born in 1841, is widely recognized as the greatest Czech composer. Dvorak was a prolific composer of many genres in the classical music repertoire, including symphonies, Slavonic…

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D’Albert’s Exquisite Cello Concerto

This is from a post I did in 2019 on an old blog site I had. As many of you know, I am no professional in classical music and I am certainly no expert in classical music.  I am just a fan of classical music and I have become so late in my life.  In…

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Relaxing Schubert Impromptu

Here is some light, relaxing music by one of my favorite composers Franz Schubert, his piano impromptu #3 in G-Flat Major.   Like Mendelssohn, this late Classical-early Romantic Era composer from Austria was known for his beautiful melodies. This impromptu in the form of a serenade is representative of Schubert’s beautiful melodic relaxing style.   So, please turn…

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What a Way To Open a Classical Concert

One of my favorite genres of classical music is the overture.  Overtures are musical compositions that precede an opera or ballet.  They are a way to introduce the many great themes of music the theater goer will hear in the ballet or opera. In the Romantic era of music a new kind of overture was…

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Classical Music for Relaxation

In a previous post, “Classical Music Has It All“, I noted how different classical music pieces offers all kinds of moods to the listener, from excitement and drama to somber and pensive to beautiful and relaxing. This post will be for those with stress in their lives, or for those who just want to hear some…

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Tutti – Oh, What a Relief It Is

Tutti – Oh, What a Relief It Is A great feature of a Houston Symphony concert at Jones Hall is the pre-concert lecture they have called “prelude”, which occurs about 45 minutes before each concert.  The speaker gives out wonderful information about the concert we are about to hear-about the music and about the composers.  I have…

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Happy Birthday Gustav Mahler

Happy Birthday Gustav Mahler Gustav Mahler, one of the giants as a conductor and composer, in the Romantic Era, was born to a Jewish family on July 7, 1860, in Kaliste, Bohemia [now part of the Czech Republic]. He died on May 18, 1911 in Vienna, Austria. From Biography.com-Gustav Mahler: “Austrian composer and conductor Gustav…

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Happy Independence Day-Happy Birthday Mom

Happy Independence Day! Happy 100 to My Heavenly Mom! I love the 4th of July.  America’s Independence Day.  The birthday of the most exceptional country in the history of the world, my country, the United States of America!   The 4th has also been the birthday of the greatest Mom in the world, my Mom, ‘Reenie’!…

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Juan Arriaga, The Spanish Mozart

Juan Arriaga, The Spanish Mozart Fifty years to the day of Mozart’s birth was born Juan Crisostomo Arriaga.  Juan Arriaga, born in Bilbao-Biscay, Spain is known as the “Spanish Mozart.”  They not only enjoy the same birthday of January 27 but they also were genius child prodigy’s and both died at a young age. Mozart…

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