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    The Flying Dutchman

    Sacked from his job in Riga and pursued by his creditors, Wagner did what anyone else in his position would have done – he made a run for it.

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    Topics: Richard Wagner, The Flying Dutchman,

    Tchaikovsky: Destroyer of Scores

    With his unerring gift for gripping drama, exuberant orchestration, piquant harmonies and large, memorable tunes, Piotr Tchaikovsky was a hugely popular and influential composer. But even as he cranked out one masterpiece after another, he was plagued with doubts and occasionally destroyed scores that he was unhappy with.

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    Topics: Opera, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano transcription

    Brave New World: The London Haydn

    In December 1790, shortly before his departure for London, Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) dined with his friend and former pupil Mozart, and the Dutch aristocrat, Baron Gottfried van Swieten.

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    Topics: Mozart, Beethoven, Messiah

    Brahms Goes to Academia

    Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) once wrote “I am only too often reminded that I am a difficult person to get along with. I am growing accustomed to bearing the consequences of this”. Famously bad-tempered, tactless and cynical, he is once said to have left a party saying “if there is anyone in here I have not insulted, I apologise”.

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    Topics: Johannes Brahms, Rakóczy March, Gaudeamus igitur

    Philip Glass and La Boulangerie

    In his recently published memoirs,Words Without Music (2015), the American minimalist composer Philip Glass tells the story of a lesson in musical counterpoint he had one afternoon with the formidable Nadia Boulanger. After proffering his 20 page manuscript, Mademoiselle (as she was known) placed it on the piano’s music rack and cast her eyes over the densely written pages.

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    Topics: Composer, Women, Philip Glass

    Wagner – a Biographical Sketch

    Renowned for his large-scale operas and his somewhat controversial ideology, Richard Wagner cut a curious figure, dressed in fine silks and living a princely lifestyle later in life. Wagner's life is chronicled here by Kevin Painting, in a rich text that was originally published in the booklet majesticPENTATONEWagner Ring boxset.

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    Topics: Richard Wagner, Das Liebesverbot, Rienzi