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    Playlist: Gifts

    As the gift giving season is upon us, we look at musical gifts composers have written for friends, family, lovers and royalty in our new playlist.


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    Topics: Richard Strauss, Béla Bartók, Richard Wagner

    Playlist: The Dies Irae

    The melody of the dies irae or ‘day of wrath’ is possibly as old as the 6th century. The tune was traditionally set to a Latin poem, describing judgement day – a trumpet call summons all souls to God’s divine judgement of salvation or damnation. This dark, historic melody has captured the imagination of many composers since then. Take a listen to the Dies Irae playlist, only on Primephonic.


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    Topics: Death, Halloween, Dies Irae

    Composing Behind the Iron Curtain

    On 25 October 1917, 99 years ago today, the Bolshevik uprising led to the formation of the Soviet Union, one of the most significant geopolitical entities of the 20th century. The cultural impact of the spread of communism throughout Eastern Europe was profound.


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    Topics: Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Part, Soviet Union

    6 Space-Related Music Facts - For Life on an Epic Scale

    There’s something ethereal about music that speaks to humanity. Music expresses emotion sonically without the need for language or text. Music doesn’t even need to be understood to be enjoyed.


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    Topics: William Herschel, Dmitri Shostakovich, The Voyager Interstellar Record

    Shostakovich and Stalin

    Shostakovich was born on this day in 1906. 20thcentury innovations such as the radio and television made it more possible than ever before for ideas and information to reach a wide audience. This in turn made censorship, not just of the news but of literature, art and music, a requirement for the functioning of any totalitarian state. It is therefore likely thatDmitri Shostakovichnever fully realized how much the Soviet regime needed him. 


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    Topics: stalin, Soviet Union, Dmitri Shostakovich

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