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Published: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:16:57 +0000

 



The Nutcracker Synopsis

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Learn the story and synopsis of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, The Nutcracker, premiered in 1892, and based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.



What Does the Famous Aria "Nessun Dorma" Mean...

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What Does the Latin Prayer Ave Maria Mean in...

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Learn the text and English translation of the Latin prayer, Ave Maria, which is used in many classical music works, and discover great classical music.



What Does Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro" Mean...

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Learn the lyrics to Puccini's famous aria and watch videos of notable performances including Kathleen Battle, Maria Callas, and Montserrat Caballe.



Nutcracker Ballet Trivia

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The Nutcracker ballet is traditionally performed during the Christmas season. Learn facts and details about the famous Nutcracker Ballet.



A Profile of "Nessun Dorma" from the Opera,...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Composed: 1920-1924



What Does the Italian Aria "O Sole Mio" Mean in...

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Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Eduardo di Capua's



The World's Best Symphony Orchestras

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Discover the world's best orchestras, a selection of 20 symphony orchestras from around the world ranked in 2008, by Gramophone.



Top 10 Classical Music Christmas Albums

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Don't let the same old holiday music get you down. Instead, here are my top 10 Christmas albums that will make the yuletide that much better.



Great Composers of the Renaissance Period

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The Renaissance Period was a vibrant time when knowledge and fine arts flourished. Artists like Leonardo



Swan Lake Synopsis

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Swan Lake is a very famous ballet and its music is easily recognizable, but does everyone know what its story is? Discover the story of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake!



A Profile of the Song "O Sole Mio"

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Composed: 1898



The Best Composers of the Baroque Period

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The Top 10 Baroque Period Composers. From Bach to Monteverdi, see where your favorite Baroque composers rank.



Beethoven Beginner's Guide: 6 Tips to...

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Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's most famous and influential composers of classical music. His music has been played all over the world for over 180 years. However, there are many people out there left in the dark about the facts, life, and music of Beethoven. In this Beginners Guide to Beethoven, you'll find links to biographies, histories, CD recommendations, and sound clips of Beethoven's music.






Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”...

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Learn the lyrics and English translation of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and the history of its creation.



The 7 Most Popular Ballets of All Time

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With timeless stories, extraordinary choreography, and brilliant music, the seven most popular ballets of all time are absolutely adored by audiences.



Great Composers of the Classical Period

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From Haydn to Beethoven, here are eight of the greatest classical period composers. Learn about their legacies and their contributions to classical music.



The Best Movements of Handel's Messiah

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Discover the wonderful music and lyrics to Handel's most famous work, The Messiah.



What is the translation of the "Credo"?

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Learn the lyrics, translation, and history of the Credo from the Catholic Church's Mass, as you listen to the included recommended recordings.



What Makes Pavarotti's Version of 'Nessun...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Luciano Pavarotti



Famous British Classical Music Composers

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Only music composed by British citizens was performed at Price William and Catherine's royal wedding. Many great classical composers have came out of England. Here's a handful of the many British classical composers.



What Does Bizet's Habanera Aria Mean in English?

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The Creation of



What Does the Hymn "Panis Angelicus" Mean in...

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Composed by Cesar Franck. Classical Music.



What Does the Famous Aria 'Toreador' Mean in...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Georges Bizet



Top 7 Requiem Albums

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From Brahms to Mozart, here are the top seven Requiem Mass albums ranked by popularity, musical interpretation, and overall quality.



Opera Translation: What Does the Gorgeous...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Composed by Leo



What Does the Famous Aria 'Una Furtiva Lagrima'...

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Here's What You Need to Know About Handel's...

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Premiered in Dublin in 1742, learn about the origins of Handel's Messiah, its libretto, details of its first performance, musical excerpts, and more.






Learn the lyrics to “Voi che sapete che...

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Another famous Mozart aria, Classical Music.



Top 10 Baroque Music

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From Bach’s Cello Suites to Allegri’s Miserere, here are my top 10 baroque music picks to add to your classical music collection.



Here's the English Translation of 'Che Gelida...

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The full Italian text and English translation of 'Che gelida manina' from Giacamo Puccini's famous opera La Boheme



Renee Fleming - A Collection of Renee Fleming...

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Renee Fleming is one of the leading operatic sopranos today. Here is a collection of videos of the great Renee Fleming.



A Collection of Famous Baritone Arias

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Discover the best baritone arias in this collection of famous baritone arias by composers like Bizet, Mozart, Rossini, Wagner, Verdi, and Mozart.



"Mi chiamano Mimi" Lyrics and Text Translation

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Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Mimi's aria,






Learn the Synopsis of Puccini's Opera, Turandot

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Puccini's opera, Turandot, includes one of opera's most famous arias - Nessun Dorma. Learn the synopsis of Turandot and discover why it is so popular.



All You Need to Know About the String Quartet

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Discover all you need to know about string quartets, including how they came into existence, notable string quartet composers, and modern uses for the genre.



The History of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

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Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture has been used to celebrate USA’s Independence Day, but that’s now why it was composed. Find out why!



All You Need to Know About the Requiem Mass

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Requiem Masses are composed to honor the deceased. The evolution of the Requiem can be traced back all the way to the 2nd century. The most famous Requiems were composed by Mozart, Verdi, Brahms, Berlioz, Beethoven, Duruflé, Fauré and Britten. Discover the history of this unique mass.



"Quando men vo" Lyrics and Text Translation

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Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Musetta's aria,



Lyrics and Translation of "Song to the Moon"

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Based on the fairy



A Beginner's Guide to Pyotr Tchaikovsky

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Tchaikovsky was an extremely introverted person, despite his ability to hold incredibly animated conversations. Learn more about the life of Tchaikovsky, one of the great composers of the 19th century.



All You Need to Know About Vivaldi's Four Seasons

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Notes and historical information on Vivaldi's Four Seasons, including Vivaldi's sonnet texts for Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall.



Bell Song Lyrics and English Translation

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Learn the lyrics and translation of Lakme's iconic aria



Find a Nutcracker Ballet Performance Near You...

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2014’s Nutcracker Ballet performances are taking place across the United States. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the world’s most beloved ballets.



Mozart and the Origin of Twinkle Twinkle Little...

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The Synopsis of Bizet’s Opera "Carmen"

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Learn the story of Carmen, an opera by Geroges Bizet that is arguably his most famous work and greatest contribution to classical music.



What is the Synopsis of Bellini’s Opera,...

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Learn the story of Bellini's famous opera, Norma, which premiered in Milan in 1831, in this opera synopsis.



Films Featuring Beethoven's Music

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Beethoven music is extremely popular not just in the music halls, but also on the silver screen. Beethoven's music is used extensively in movies and television. Here's a list of Beethoven music used in movies.



What Does the Famous Aria 'Casta Diva' Mean in...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The Context of



“Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio" Lyrics...

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Learn the lyrics to Cherubino's aria



The Story of Puccini’s 1896 Four Act...

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Puccini's great opera, La Bohème, premiered in 1896 in Turin, and became an instant success. It is now one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. Learn the synopsis of Puccini's opera, La Bohème.



A Complete Listing of Giuseppe Verdi’s...

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Before his death in 1901, Giuseppe Verdi composed over two dozen operas - his first in 1839 and his last in 1893. View the list of Verdi operas.



Romantic Period Classical Music Playlist

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The romantic period of classical music features thousands of classical works. And though its impossible to list them all, I've compiled a short list of



"Va, Pensiero" Lyrics and Text Translation

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The lyrics in Italian and English to this beloved chorus from Verdi's opera, Nabucco.



Learn the Latin Lyrics and English Translation...

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Learn the Latin lyrics and English translation of the well known Gregorian chant, Ubi Caritas.



History of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

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Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet was composed in 1875, after the Russian Imperial Theatre intendant Vladimir Petrovich Begichev commissioned him to do so.



“Questa o quella” Lyrics and...

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“Questa o quella” is sung in the first act of Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto. Learn the lyrics and English translation of the Duke’s aria.



Learn the Synopsis of Mozart's Opera, The Magic...

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Learn the story of The Magic Flute in this synopsis of Mozart's famous opera, which premiered in Vienna in 1791.



Profile of the Famous Tenor, Luciano Pavarotti

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Learn about the life of Luciano Pavarotti, arguably the world's most famous tenor with a voice like no other. Born in 1935, Pavarotti discovered his passion for singing as a teenager after winning first place with his father in a singing competition. Luciano Pavarotti has since then sung numerous roles in many operas and given countless performances.



Meaningful Classical Music for a Funeral

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This selection of classical music can be used during a funeral ceremony to create a memorable and meaningful tribute to those who have passed away.



Here's the English Translation of Mozart's 'Non...

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Text and English translation of. Classical Music.



A Beginner's Guide to George Frideric Handel

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George Frideric Handel was a remarkable composer. Did you know he created the English oratorio? Handel's



What Does 'Agnus Dei' Mean?

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: What is the translation of the "Agnus Dei"? : Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, Lamb of God, who



Gretchen am Spinnrade Text and Translation

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The English translation of Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade.



Here's the English Translation of Mozart's 'La...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >"La ci darem la



Lyrics and English Translation of “Qui la...

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Learn the lyrics and English translation of Elvira’s aria, “Qui la voce sua soave,” sung in the 2nd act of Bellini’s opera, I puritani.



Largo al factotum Lyrics and Text Translation

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Learn the lyrics and text translation of Figaro's most unforgettable aria from Rossini's Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia.



Learn the Tongue Twisting Lyrics to the Modern...

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Learn the History, Lyrics, and Translation of...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" >Teatro Costanzi  on January 14, 1900



A Guide to Beethoven's 9 Symphonies

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Beethoven Symphonies are among the most popular in the world. Brief Histories of Beethoven Symphonies is an easy way to learn about and compare all nine symphonies.



Ernani Synopsis

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Composed in 1844, Verdi's opera, Ernani, was the great composer's fifth opera. Ernani is an opera that is rarely performed outside of large opera houses, but it has been gaining popularity within the last 20 years. Read the synopsis of Ernani.



Learn the Story of Verdi's Famous Opera, La...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Composer: Giuseppe



The Synopsis of Don Giovanni

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Learn the story of Mozart's comedic and melodramatic opera, Don Giovanni, in this synopsis.



Rusalka Synopsis

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First performed in 1901, Dvorak's opera, Rusalka, has become one of, if not, the most famous Czech operas ever written. Learn the story of Rusalka in this opera synopsis.



What Does the 'Gloria' in a Catholic Mass Mean...

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Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax



Get to Know Ludwig van Beethoven with This...

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Born in Bonn in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven began learning music at an early age. He studied with many well know musicians including Hadyn and Salieri. Beethoven is most famous for his symphonics works. Discover the life of Beethoven, including his works and achievements.



The Synopsis of Il Trovatore

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Another gem from Verdi's collection of operas, Il Trovatore was composed in 1853. Il Trovatore is a story of a gypsy woman burnt at the stake and her daughter's promise of vengeance, interlaced with a love triangle between a troubadour, count, and noblewoman. Read the entire synopsis of Il Trovatore.



Musetta's Waltz - Scene and Lyrics

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Learn about the scene and the lyrics of



Discover the True Meaning of Aida's Aria "O...

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >O Patria Mia in



A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music

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Classical music is a generic term applied to a style of music which covers over 700 years. Learn the very basics of classical music and where to begin.



Where did opera originate?

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Discover the origins of opera in this opera FAQ.



The Story of Puccini’s Opera, Madama...

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Puccini's opera tells the story of a devoted wife willing to do whatever it takes in the name of love. Read the synopsis of Madama Butterfly.



Learn the Story of Verdi's Opera, Aida

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Verdi's Aida is an opera in four acts composed in 1871. Set to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, the story takes place during ancient Egypt and focuses on the upper echelon. Read the full synopsis of Verdi's Aida.



Top 10 Mozart Concertos

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Mozart is known for many great works including operas and symphonies, but in this list, you’ll find my recommended list of Top 10 Mozart Concertos.



Learn the story of Verdi's opera, Rigoletto

2017-02-19T11:16:57Z

Here's another popular opera by Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto! The story of Rigoletto is packed full of drama and emotion, and many people believe it to be one of Verdi's first operatic masterpieces. Read the entire Rigoletto synopsis to learn more.






10 Classical Symphonies You Can't Live Without

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Want to start a symphony collection, but don't know where to begin? Are you looking to expand upon what you already have? This list of symphonies will provide you with a variety of musical styles upon which to build or add to your symphony collection.



Here's the English Translation of 'Sempre...

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Finishing Act I in Verdi's beloved opera, La Traviata , is Violetta's aria, "Sempre Libera." Though there



How Old Was Mozart When His Musical Genius...

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a classical music prodigy. Almost anyone who's familiar with Mozart, knows that his musical genius was apparent not long after he was born. In this except, you'll discover just how brilliant he was all before turning the age of 10!



“Addio del passato” Lyrics and...

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Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of Violetta’s aria, “Addio del passato,” from Verdi’s opera, La Triviata.



"Il dolce suono" Lyrics and Text Translation

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Italian Text Il dolce suono mi colpi di sua voce! Ah, quella voce m'e qui nel cor discesa! Edgardo! io



Meet Austrian Composer Franz Joseph Haydn

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Haydn, unlike most composers, had a



The 6 Classical Guitar Albums Every Fan Must Have

2017-02-19T11:16:57Z

Here are the 6 classical guitar albums you must add to your classical music collection. From Spanish Guitar to Baroque Music, you'll surely love each one.



Learn the Lyrics to "Les oiseaux dans la...

2017-02-19T11:16:57Z

Here is the French-to-English translation of Olympia's aria from Jacques Offenbach's opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann. History and recommended recordings.



"Dance of the Knights" (Romeo and Juliet) by...

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Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev's ballet, Romeo & Juliet, is a very famous classical song used in all kinds of media. Learn more about Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights.