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Backstage Podcast will return soon. Thanks for your patience! In the meantime, we were featured on How Stuff Works: HowRead more.
Listen to the “Santa Claus Symphony” by William Henry Fry (1813-1864)
Forget Mariah Carey–get into the Christmas spirit by giving a listen to the Santa Claus Symphony by William Henry Fry.Read more.
Listen to Leonora by William Henry Fry: Bio, Links, and Sheet Music
*Scroll Below to Listen to Leonora by William Henry Fry* If you listened to episode seven of Backstage Podcast, youRead more.
Dwight’s Journal of Music: Links, Overview, and Commentary
We promised some links to Dwight’s Journal of Music, so here you go: Read Dwight’s Journal of Music via Archive.org:Read more.
We’d Be Nothin’ Without You, Dvorak
We’re about to launch episode 6 of Backstage Podcast, but as you can imagine, we had to make some cuts toRead more.
Happy Birthday to Aaron Copland!
On November 14, 1900, Aaron Copland came into the world. Years later he would write such famous pieces as FanfareRead more.
Harry Truman was a Pianist
Did you know that President Harry Truman was a pianist? He wasn’t up to Condoleezza Rice’s standards, but Truman didRead more.
Listen Up: Listen to the Hiroshima Symphony
Listen to the Hiroshima Symphony You can’t truly understand the subject of “Ghosts of Hiroshima” without giving a listen to theRead more.
Show Notes: 2-Brought to You by Satan
Here is the written transcript of our Tartini Devil’s Trill Sonata episode, entitled “Brought to You By Satan.” You mayRead more.
Illustration: Dancing Bones and Xylophones
How about some Danse Macabre art to finish off the Halloween season? Hopefully you’ve had time to listen to ourRead more.
What is “The Devil in Music?”
Have you ever heard of the “Devil in Music?” You’re right, it’s over the top. We didn’t make it up.Read more.
Illustration: Muddle Instead of MusicRead more.
Comic: Excuse the puns…Read more.
Listen Up: Devil’s Trill Sonata
If you want to hear the piece of music that Tartini attributed to Satan himself, here it is! If youRead more.
Show Notes: 1-The Backstabber of Seville
The Barber of Seville Composer: “The Backstabber of Seville” Episode 1 Transcript & Sources Who was the original Barber of SevilleRead more.
Listen Up: Music from “Muddle Instead of Music”
Here’s all of the music featured in episode three, “Muddle Instead of Music”. Catch Shostakovitch’s 5th Symphony, his 4th Symphony, andRead more.
Illustration: The Devil’s in the DetailsRead more.
Comic: Deal with the Devil?
Let’s just say that humility has never been my strong suit! My wife can attest to this…Read more.
Comic: Well The Check Paid For Dinner. . .
Vivian’s classical music cartoons really show our true colors–sometimes we’re jealous of classical musicians who get better gigs than us. OrRead more.
Beaumarchais: Barber of Seville, and the Genius (and Revolutionary) Behind Figaro
The Beaumarchais Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro were phenomena in their time. They called for social equality in the years leading upRead more.
Wagner, Tannhäuser & the Jockey Club Claque
“Wagner, Tannhauser, & the Jockey Club Claque” follows part 1 of our short series about the claque, in which we tookRead more.
Illustration: Rossini Suffering The Attacks of the Claque
As you probably remember from “Episode 1: The Backstabber of Seville,” the opening of the most famous of Rossini operasRead more.
History of the Claque (Pt. 1): A Look Into Entertainment’s Original Laugh-Track
Concert-goers haven’t always erupted in immediate applause at the end of a show. You might be surprised to learn thatRead more.
The Famous Playwright of the Original “Barber of Seville” Was First a Famous Watchmaker
Remember “The Most Interesting Man In The World” (otherwise known as the single greatest act of advertising in recent memory)?Read more.
Comic: Invention of Fire
Poor bassoon—it gets so much grief. And we know you’ve heard this particular joke a thousand times before. You probablyRead more.
Welcome to Backstage Podcast!Read more.
Listen Up: Compare Barber of Sevilles
If you haven’t listened to the first episode, do it now! http://www.backstagepodcast.com/episodes/ Now that you know the story of the BackstabberRead more.