Classical Music With Big Mike

Ignaz Moscheles-Classical Pianist/Composer

In April of 2015, I was listening to my local classical music station in Houston when I heard this piano concerto I had never heard before. It had the structure of a classical era concerto and it sounded a little like a piece from the Italian composer Muzio Clementi or the Austrian composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel. But…

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Happy Birthday Carl Maria von Weber

Today, November 18, 2022, would be the 236th birthday of the German composer/conductor/musician, Carl Maria von Weber. “This from Brittanica-bio: Carl Maria von Weber: “… born Nov. 18, 1786 in Eutin, Germany, died June 5, 1826 in London, England, German composer and opera director during the transition from Classical to Romantic music, noted especially for…

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My Top 10 Favorite Melodies in Classical Music

There are many thousands of beautiful melodies in classical music in all three Eras of classical music, Baroque; Classical; and Romantic. So, I am going way out on a limb attempting to choose my 10 favorites. I will limit my choices to the symphonic and chamber works without voice [so I will not include any…

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Happy Birthday Aaron Copland

On this Monday, November 14, 2022, we say Happy 122nd Birthday, Aaron Copland! Known as the “Dean of American composers“, Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, NY, in the first year of the 20th Century. He lived 90 years until December 2, 1990 where he was living in New York City. From the official Aaron…

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Beethoven’s Emperor

The greatest piano concerto ever written, in my opinion, is Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto in E-flat Major, known as “The Emperor”.  Beethoven’s music crossed two great eras of the masters, the classical and the romantic. Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto exuded romanticism through and through. It is truly one of the great Romantic pieces-not…

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Dvorak’s Largo For Cello and Piano

During my morning walk on Saturday [from June of 2017], I heard this beautiful version of the “going home” theme from the Largo movement of the Czech Romantic composer, Antonin Dvorak‘s wonderful “New World” Symphony, played on “All Classical Portland“. The version I heard was for cello and piano.  This is one of my favorite movements…

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Happy Birthday Niccolo Paganini

On this date, October 27, was born one of the greatest, if not the greatest, virtuoso violinist of all time, the Italian Romantic Era composer, Niccolo Paganini. He was born in the year, 1784 in Genoa, Italy and he died on May 27, 1840 in Nice, France. Happy Birthday, Niccolo Paganini! Born in what is…

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Happy Birthday Johan Strauss II and George Bizet

On October 25 is the the birth date of two Romantic Era composers, Johann Strauss II born in 1825, and George Bizet. born in 1838. Johann Strauss II was an Austrian composer known as the “Waltz King” for his plethora of beautiful, melodic waltzes. Son of the composer Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II most famous…

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Happy Birthday Franz Liszt!

Hungarian pianist and Romantic Era composer, Franz Liszt, was born this day, October 22, in the year 1811. Franz Liszt was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time. From Britannica.com-bio-Franz Liszt: “Franz Liszt, … (born October 22, 1811, Doborján, kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire [now Raiding, Austria]—died July 31, 1886, Bayreuth, Germany), Hungarian…

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Happy Birthday Charles Ives

Charles Ives was an American Romantic/modern composer born in Danbury, CT on October 20, 1874. He lived 79 years – died on May 19, 1954 in New York City. To recognize this great American composer on his birthday, I’d like to do this post I published a couple of years ago entitled: “Charles Ives Composes…

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