Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 With Hubble Images

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, was completed in 1812. The instant popularity of the Allegretto, 2nd movement, resulted in its often performed separately from the complete symphony and may have been his most popular orchestral composition.

Kirill Troussov (18 years old) plays Paganini Caprice 24, LIVE(1999)

Kirill Troussov gained international fame 2009 in Paris, when he stood in for Gidon Kremer in a performance with the Orchestre National de France directed by Daniele Gatti at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées broadcast live by Radio France. The reactions of audience and critics were equally enthusiastic. Kirill Troussov is regularly engaged as a soloist, chamber musician at the Verbier Festival, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and the Kronberg Academy where he also gives materclasses. Born in St. Petersburg in 1982, Kirill Troussov took his first violin lessons at the Rimsky-Korsakov-Conservatory at the age of four. He made his debut at the age of six in the St. Petersburg Philharmonie. A year later he was invited to perform with the Russian National Orchestra under the direction of Arnold Katz in Moscow. He studied with Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen. His artistic career was accompanied by mentors like Igor Oistrakh and Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari “Brodsky” (1702), on which Adolph Brodsky performed the world premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on 4th December 1879.

"Oh Happy We" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide, peformed by Signature Event Singers

Signature Event Singers is an ensemble comprised of Megan Mashburn, Soprano; Thomas Trotter, Tenor; and Sandra Lutters, Piano. One of Atlanta's best-loved vocal ensembles.

Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 13

Here are the answers to Musical IQ Test 12!

1. a. Bonn, Germany
2. b. famous Russian pianist and composer
3. b. the end
4. c. Richard Wagner
5. a. a self-contained section of a composition

Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 12

Here are the answers to November 4th's Musical IQ Test 11

1. a. sharps, flats or natural signs used to raise, lower or return a note to its normal pitch.
2. c. Johann Sebastian Bach
3. d. Both b and c
4. c. Sergei Prokofiev
5. c. 9

The music Handel wrote that is most performed during Christmas is...

The Messiah. The creation of Handel's Messiah was actually brought about by Handel's librettist, Charles Jennens. In a letter to his friend, Handel, Jennens wrote that he wanted to create a scriptural anthology set to Handel's music. Jennens' desire quickly turned into reality when Handel composed the entire work in only twenty-four days. Jennens wished for a London debut in the days leading to Easter, however, a doubtful Handel anticipated such a wish would not be granted. A year after the work was completed, Handel received an invitation to perform his music in Dublin to which he joyously agreed. Learn more about the creation and history of Handel's Messiah.

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What piece did Handel compose that is most performed during Christmas?

Check tomorrow's post for the answer.

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Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 11

Here are the answers to October 28th's Musical IQ Test 10

1. b. George Gershwin
2. d. 10
3. b. Johann Sebastian Bach
4. b. without accompaniment
5. c. Tomaso Albinoni