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Symphony Notes for Week Nine

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, op. 35 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840, in Votkinsk, Russia, and died on Nov. 6, 1893, in Saint Petersburg. He
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Symphony Notes for Week Eight

“Finlandia,” op. 26 Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius is undisputably the greatest composer Finland has ever produced.  He was born on Dec. 8, 1865, in Hämeenlinna (Tavastehus), Finland and died in Järvenpää, Finland on Sept. 20,
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Symphony Notes for Week Seven (Thursday)

Symphony in D Major, Hob. I:101 (“The Clock”) Joseph Haydn (Franz) Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau, Lower Austria, on March 31, 1732, and died in Vienna on May 31, 1809. His long and productive
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Symphony Notes for Week Seven

“Trittico botticelliano” Ottorino Respighi Italian composer Ottorino Respighi was born on July 9, 1879, in Bologna and died on April 18, 1936, in Rome. Although he contributed to the repertoire of opera, song and chamber
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Symphony Notes for Week Six

Symphony no. 5 in C-sharp Minor/D Major          Gustav Mahler Gustav Mahler was born in on July 7, 1860, in Kalischt, Bohemia, and died on May 18, 1911, in Vienna. He was
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Symphony Notes for Week Five (Thursday)

Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers Gioacchino Rossini Gioacchino Rossini, the earliest of the geniuses of the bel canto style, was born in Pesaro, Italy, on Feb. 29, 1792, and died in Paris on
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Symphony Notes for Week Five

Fancy Free  Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Aug. 25, 1918, and died in New York City on Oct. 14, 1990. His career centered on musical composition and conducting, but he
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Symphony Notes for Week Four

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas) Ástor Piazzolla/Leonid Desyatnikov The Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla was born on March 11, 1921, in Mar del Plata and died on July 4, 1992, in Buenos
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Symphony Notes for Week Three

Muse Christopher Theofanidis American composer Christopher Theofanidis was born on Dec. 18, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, and currently serves on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He holds degrees
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes For Week Two

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (“Choral”) Ludwig van Beethoven One of history’s pivotal composers, Ludwig van Beethoven was born on Dec. 15 or 16, 1770, in Bonn, Germany, and died in Vienna,
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week One

Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votinsk, Russia, and died on Nov. 6, 1893, in Saint
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes Week Six

Romanian Rhapsody in A Major, Op. 11, No. 1 George Enescu Romanian-born composer, violinist, conductor and educator, George Enescu (or Georges Enesco), was born in Liveni Vîrnav, near Dorohoi, Romania, on Aug. 19, 1881, and
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Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Notes Week 5

Sheep May Safely Graze, BWV 208 Bach/Stokowski Among the cantatas that Johann Sebastian Bach composed for the church are a few secular ones, including Cantata No. 208 (that number does not reflect its place in
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes Week Four

Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber Paul Hindemith Paul Hindemith was born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 16, 1895, and died in Frankfurt on Dec. 28, 1963. He was an
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Symphony Notes for Chautauqua Week Three

The Cowboys Overture John Williams John Towner Williams was born in New York City on Feb. 8, 1932. This gifted American composer, arranger, pianist and conductor has emerged as the leading composer of film scores,