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Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony podcast series. Each episode explores a particular classical work being performed by the Orchestra. We'll also bring you occasional special podcasts. Thanks for joining us!

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Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony podcast series. Each episode explores a particular classical work being performed by the Orchestra. We'll also bring you occasional special podcasts. Thanks for joining us!

    Ravel: Mother Goose

    Ravel: Mother Goose

    In a piece he first wrote for children to play on the piano, Maurice Ravel found magical new sounds for the orchestra.

    Saint Saëns Organ Symphony

    Saint Saëns Organ Symphony

    A child prodigy, Saint-Saëns was not only a gifted composer but an accomplished pianist who could perform all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas from memory by the age of ten.  Composed for the Philharmonic Society of London, his Symphony No. 3, Organ, is dedicated to his friend Franz Liszt.

    Beethoven No. 7

    Beethoven No. 7

    The premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 was perhaps his greatest rock-star moment. Buoyed by the excited troops in whose honor the concert was being performed, Beethoven “tore his arms with a great vehemence asunder ... at the entrance of a forte he jumped in the air” (according to orchestra violinist and composer Louis Spohr). The work’s explosive energy and Beethoven’s expansion of symphonic structures to emphasize certain key areas make Symphony No. 7 an important stepping stone on his path towards Romanticism.

    Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra

    Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra

    In his Three Pieces for Orchestra, Alban Berg finally "graduated" from his studies with Arnold Schoenberg, and took his first giant step towards fulfilling his musical destiny.

    Ravel La Valse

    Ravel La Valse

    In 1906, Maurice Ravel made some sketches for a tribute to Johann Strauss, the Waltz King. By the time he got back to it, World War I had ravaged Europe, and Ravel's tribute had turned into something much darker.

    Handel's Messiah

    Handel's Messiah

    However you like your Messiah - big or intimate, modern or period, authentic or interpreted - when you listen you become part of an almost 300-year tradition of what may be classical music's most beloved masterpiece.

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