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.
2018, Leonard Bernstein's centenary year, has seen a huge number of performances and album releases of the great man's music – both as a conductor and composer. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Bernstein was his extraordinary gift for communication and teaching. We asked his protegée Marin Alsop to reflect on what made her mentor so special.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the American orchestral repertoire gravitated towards Austro-Germanic traditions, while operatic life followed in the German, French and Italian way. This would soon change. The 20th century in the United States of America was a time of extraordinary artistic developments, brought along by technological achievements.