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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

    Brahms’s Cancelled Retirement

    Brahms thought he was done composing, but the music had other ideas. 

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    Topics: Johannes Brahms, Clarinet, Clarinet Trio

    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

    Composers and the Demon Drink

    Alcohol has long been a popular and socially acceptable drug thanks to its ability to loosen inhibitions and, as Oscar Wilde astutely pointed out, “[when] taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness”. But this indulgence comes at a price.

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    Topics: Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Franz Schubert