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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week Nine

Overture to Guillaume Tell Gioachino Rossini Gioachino Rossini, the earliest of the geniuses of the bel canto style, was born in Pesaro on Feb. 29, 1792, and died in Paris on Nov. 13, 1868. Although
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week Seven

Widows of the Living and of the Dead Octavio Vázquez Octavio Vázquez was born on Sept. 10, 1972, in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain), and spontaneously started writing music at age 7. In 1989, he
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week Six

Suite No. 1 from L’Arlésienne Georges Bizet French composer Georges Bizet was born in Paris on Oct. 25, 1838, and died in Bougival (near Paris) on June 3, 1875. Although his compositional output was wide
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Essay No. 1 for Orchestra, op. 12 Samuel Barber Samuel Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on March 9, 1910, and died in New York City on Jan. 23, 1981. One of the most
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Overture to La forza del destino Giuseppe Verdi Giuseppe Verdi was born on Oct. 9 or 10, 1813, (he was baptized on Oct. 11) in La Roncole, near Busseto and died in Milan on Jan.
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week Five

Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15 Ludwig van Beethoven One of history’s pivotal composers, Ludwig van Beethoven was born on Dec. 15 or 16, 1770, in Bonn, and died in Vienna on March
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week Four

Symphony No. 7 in C Major, op. 60 (“Leningrad”) Dmitri Shostakovich Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, one of the Soviet Union’s greatest composers, was born in St. Petersburg on Sept. 12, 1906, and died in Moscow on
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week Three

Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, op. 18 Sergei Rachmaninoff Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff was born in Oneg, Novgorod on March 20/April 1, 1873, and died in Beverly Hills, California, on March
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Chautauqua Symphony Notes for Week Two

Messa da Requiem Giuseppe Verdi Giuseppe Verdi was born on Oct. 9 or 10, 1813 (he was baptized on Oct. 11) in La Roncole, near Busseto, and died in Milan on Jan. 27, 1901. He
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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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