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Shazam

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Even for the seasoned listener, hearing a classical music piece can often be almost impossible to identify. A new service offered by Shazam promises to name the piece of music you hear by holding the microphone of your mobile devise to the sound source. However, as wonderful as that may be, it has its limitations within the classical music realm.



The World's Most Performed Operas

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Of the thousands of operas performed around the world, there are a handful of composers whose operas are performed more than any of the others - five to be exact: Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, and Bizet. Learn which of their works make up the top 10 operas performed around the world.



"Libiamo, libiamo nelieti calici" Lyrics and...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Learn the lyrics to Alfredo’s Drinking Song from the first act of Verdi’s opera, La Traviata.



Why People Rioted During Igor Stravinsky's...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

In May 1913, Igor Stravinsky debuted his ballet The Rite of Spring. To his surprise, the audience reacted so wildly, police were called to the scene.



What is the translation of the "Benedictus"?

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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Verdi's Dies Irae Lyris and Text Translation

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Lyrics and English text translation of Verdi's Dies Irae.



"Ich lade gern mir Gaste ein" Lyrics and...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

This playful aria comes from Johann Strauss' opera, Die Fledermaus . With a libretto by Karl Haffner



Antonio Vivaldi Quick Facts and Profile

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

A profile of Antonio Vivaldi, a great barogue composer.



What does the famous aria “Meco...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Sung by Pollione in Bellini’s opera, Norma, learn the lyrics and translation of “Meco all’altar di Venere.”



A Beginners Guide to Great Classical Music for...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Piano classical music ranges in a variety of styles. Find recommended composers, music, and more in this guide.



"Stride la vampa" Lyrics and English Text...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Learn the lyrics to Azucena's aria from Verdi's Il Trovatore.



What is the difference between opera and...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Discover the difference between opera and oratorio in this opera FAQ.



10 Classical Music Pieces You Can Sing but...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

People all over the world are more familiar with classical music than they think, but they lack the facts necessary to help them find the pieces they love. Here are ten of the most popular pieces of classical music that many people can sing, but can't name.



What is a symphony? Learn the answer to this...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

What is a symphony? Find the answere here!



La Sonnambula Synopsis

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Learn the synopsis of Bellini's opera, La Sonnambula, composed in 1831.



The Story of Leoncavallo’s Famous Opera,...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

When it premiered in 1892, Leoncavallo's opera, Pagliacci, was an instant success. Read the synopsis of Pagliacci to learn how its story about clowns unfolds.



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

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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



Opera's Shining Stars: 8 Great Soprano Soloists

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

There have been many great soprano soloists, but only a few make it to the top. These leading sopranos have what it takes to outshine all the others.



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

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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



The Synopsis of Il Trovatore

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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.



A Beginner's Guide to George Frideric Handel

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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



Gretchen am Spinnrade Text and Translation

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

The English translation of Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade.



Top 7 Requiem Albums

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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



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

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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.



“Donde lieta uscì” Lyrics...

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Sung by Mimi in the third act of Puccini’s most famous opera, La Bohème, this gorgeous aria is Mimi’s goodbye speech to her lover after they both agree it would be best to separate. Learn the lyrics and English translation of “Donde pieta usci.”



"Ah, je ris de me voir" Lyrics and Translation

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Learn the lyrics to this lighthearted and joyous aria sung by Marguerite in Gounod's opera, Faust.



All You Need to Know About the String Quartet

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

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.



"Fur Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Beethoven's. Classical Music.



A Profile of Johaness Brahms

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

As a result of Brahms' extensive travels and eagerness to meet composers and musicians, Brahms gained a large circle of friends including the Clara and Robert Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt. His thirst for knowledge lead him to amass a library of over 800 books. He also collected rare manuscripts and autographed scores by many famous composers. Because of his vast resources of friends, talent, and knowledge, Brahms was able to create magnificent music.



Funny Opera Bloopers

2016-09-25T11:02:42Z

Watch these funny opera bloopers! No singer is perfect. Even the world's greatest operatic performers make mistakes.