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This classical music podcast explores the history and lives of some of western classical music's most famous composers and musicians. Classical music is filled with very colorful personalities and riddled with drama of all kinds, from political intrigue to failed romances and everything in between. Through the course of the show, we will discuss composers and musicians from the distant past all the way to the present, beginning with the greatest, JS Bach.

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The Great Composers Podcast - a classical music podcast Kevin Nordstrom

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This classical music podcast explores the history and lives of some of western classical music's most famous composers and musicians. Classical music is filled with very colorful personalities and riddled with drama of all kinds, from political intrigue to failed romances and everything in between. Through the course of the show, we will discuss composers and musicians from the distant past all the way to the present, beginning with the greatest, JS Bach.

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    37 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 4 "Waiting in the Wings"

    37 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 4 "Waiting in the Wings"

    Stay healthy and well!
    Ep. 37 – In late 1853, having impressed important musicians across Germany, especially Robert and Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms planned for the publication of his first opuses. His star was rising in the musical world and he had much to be proud of, but a terrible tragedy loomed on the horizon which threatened to derail his career and set his life down yet another new though unexpected path.
    Very special thank you to...
    Michael Calabris!
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    Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms unless otherwise noted):
    Sonata in C major op. 1, mvt. 3 Scherzo
    Scherzo op. 4 - Natsumi Kataoka
    Sonata in C major op. 1, mvt. 4
    Robert Schumann op. 6 mvts. 1-6
    Clara Schumann, Scherzo op. 14 no. 2 - Luis Sarro
    Robert Schumann, Carnaval op. 9 “Chiarina”
    4 Ballads, op. 10 no. 1 “Edward”
    "Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann" op. 9 var. 1-3
    Clara Schumann "Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann" op. 20 var. 3
    Robert Schumann op. 12 mvt. 1 Des Abends, 3. Warum?
    Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat major, op. 44, mvt. 2
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    Michael Calabris, “Meditation (According to Byzantine Modes)” for solo organ
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    • 2 hrs 10 min
    36 - A Yuletide Special, "Antonio Stradivari, and the Violin Makers of Cremona"

    36 - A Yuletide Special, "Antonio Stradivari, and the Violin Makers of Cremona"

    In this special episode "Antonio Stradivari, and the Violin Makers of Cremona" we explore the lives of Cremona's greatest violin makers. Cremona's violin making tradition began with Andrea Amati in the mid-16th century, and lasted until the death of Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesù" some two hundred years later. In between these two men came many remarkable makers from the Amati and Guarneri families, but the greatest of them all was Antonio Stradivari who rose far above his rivals to become the most celebrated violin maker of all time.
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    All music heard in this episode is by Antonio Vivaldi:
    Concerto for 4 violins in B minor mvts. 1-4 (Modena Chamber Orchestra)
    Concerto in F minor “Winter” for violin, strings, and continuo mvts. 1-3(MCO)
    Concerto in D minor RV 565 (selections) (MCO)
    Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, RV 522 mvts. 1-3
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    Suggested reading and a few resources:
    - "The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family" by W. Henry Hill, Arthur F. Hill, and Alfred Ebsworth Hill. Dover pub.
    - "Antonio Stradivari, His Life & Work" by W. Henry Hill, Arthur F. Hill, and Alfred E. Hill. Dover pub.
    - "Stradivari's Genius" by Toby Faber. Random House 
    - "The Violin, a Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument" by David Schoenbaum. W.W. Norton and Company
    - https://www.roger-hargrave.de/Seiten/english/Bibliothek/Bibliothek.htm
    - https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/the-young-stradivari/
    - https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/guarneri-del-gesu-part-i-1698-1731/
    - https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/andrea-amati-part-1/

    • 1 hr 56 min
    35 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 3 "New Germans and New Paths"

    35 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 3 "New Germans and New Paths"

    Ep. 35 - In April 1853, Johannes Brahms left Hamburg with the Hungarian violinist Eduard Reményi for a short concert tour of North German towns. After performing in small venues and for small crowds to great success, the duo decided to try their luck in Hanover. There they met one of the most important musicians of the day, who sent them visit another, and yet another...
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    Music in this episode (all by Brahms unless otherwise noted):
    1. Sonata in C major op. 1, mvt. 1, Allegro
    2. Hungarian Dance no 5, Fritz Kreisler and Carl Lamson
    3-5. "Eine Faust Symphonie" fragments of mvt. 1 - Faust, by Franz Liszt
    6. Hungarian Dance no. 2, Andreas Pfaul, piano
    7. Sonata in C major op. 1, mvt. 3 Scherzo (A section)
    8. FAE Sonata, mvt. 3, Scherzo, Oliver Colbenston violin 

    • 1 hr 25 min
    34 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 2 "Summer Idylls"

    34 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 2 "Summer Idylls"

    In Ep. 34 we see Johannes Brahms complete his adolescence and become a young adult. Along the way he is tested severely, leading a double life as a serious music student by day and dance hall pianist by night. Delicate and prone to migraines as a youth, this taxing work nearly ruined Johannes's physical and mental health. But as always, in times of great need a savior came his way and his health was repaired. With his strength renewed, Brahms was ready to confront the world as a professional musician and composer. It would not be easy for him at first...
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    Music heard in this episode (all by Brahms):
    Sixteen Waltzes of op. 39!
    In order of appearance #’s 1, 2, 10, 6, 3, 11, 12, 4, 5, 15, 16
    performed beautifully by Martha Goldstein.
    https://musopen.org/music/2137-sixteen-waltzes-op-39/
    Op. 1, Sonata for Solo Piano in C major, mvt. 1 
     
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    33 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 1 "A Cup Half Full"

    33 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 1 "A Cup Half Full"

    In Ep. 33, The Life of Johannes Brahms, pt. 1 "A Cup Half Full" we meet the great composer's father, Johann Jakob Brahms. Jakob was a versatile musician who could play several instruments. He wasn't the most talented of musicians, but he was determined to succeed. In 1826 he went to Hamburg and began working as a lowly beer-fiddler. After establishing himself, he took every job he could get and slowly made his way up the professional ladder... 
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    Music heard in this episode (all by Brahms unless otherwise noted):
    1. Serenade in D major op. 11, mvt. 1
    2. The Pinzauger Waltz
    3. Serenade in D major op. 11, mvt. 4 - Minuet 1 &2
    4. Serenade in D major op. 11, mvt. 5 - Scherzo
    5. Serenade in D major op. 11, mvt. 6 - Rondo
    https://musopen.org/music/6733-serenade-no-1-in-d-major-op-11/
     

    • 45 min
    32 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, "Introduction: A Brahms Rhapsody"

    32 - The Life of Johannes Brahms, "Introduction: A Brahms Rhapsody"

    In this introduction to the life of Johannes Brahms we rhapsodize on key themes in the great composer's life, and begin to sketch his unique position in the history of music.
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    Music heard in this episode (all by Brahms):
    1. Intermezzo in B-flat minor, op. 117 no. 2
    2. Serenade in D major op. 11, mvt. 1
     

    • 22 min

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