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This classical music podcast explores the history and lives of some of western classical music's most famous composers and musicians. Classical music is filled with very colorful personalities and riddled with drama of all kinds, from political intrigue to failed romances and everything in between. Through the course of the show, we will discuss composers and musicians from the distant past all the way to the present, beginning with the greatest, JS Bach.

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Ep. 0, The GCP pilot episode! The life of Johann Sebastian Bach 'An Introduction' surveys the life of one of classical music's greatest composers. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you to musopen.org for the historical recording of the St. Matthew Passion! For educationally purposes only.
In Ep. 1, The Life of Johann Sebastian Bach pt. 1 “The Young Bach”, we explore the early life of this great composer from birth until his appointment to the court at Weimar in 1708. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Music for episode I can be found on musopen.org. Thank you to the following performers. Marcin Dabrowski https://musopen.org/music/2485/johann-sebastian-bach/prelude-and-fugue-no-2-in-cm-bwv-847/ Mehmet Okonsar for the final portion of the fugue from BWV 911 https://musopen.org/music/3224/johann-sebastian-bach/toccata-in-c-minor-bwv-911/ For educational purposes only.
In Ep. 2, The Life of Johann Sebastian Bach pt. 2 'The Maturing Master', we see our hero off to Weimar, where he will play a little organ, lay down a few tunes, and cause some trouble. From there, he will journey to Cöthen and enjoy a few years of tranquility before his real life's work begins in Leipzig! ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thanks to musopen.org for the music! Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor mvt. 1 Vivace, David and Igor Oistrahk Prelude no. 14 F-sharp minor, BWV 859 - Kimiko Ishizaka Organ Concert in D minor, BWV 596 Cantata no. 182 'Himmelskonig, sei willkommen' https://archive.org/details/17HimmelsknigseiWillkommenBWV182AriaAltoLegetEuchDemHeilandUnter French suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 - 1. Allemande, Vadim Chaimovich Prelude and fugue in C minor BWV 871, Jorg Demus Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 1. Allegro - Advent Chamber Orchestra. https://musopen.org/music/3500-brandenburg-concerto-no-3-bwv-1048/ Partita no. 2 in D minor, 'Chaconne' - Jascha Heifetz Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B-flat major for two violas, BWV 1051 - US Army Strings All content intended for educational purposes only.
In Ep. 3, The Life of Johann Sebastian Bach pt. 3, "The Cantor of Leipzig", we see our great composer become the Cantor of Leipzig. He will encounter many obstacles during these long years in Leipzig, but will still manage to be able to keep up a relentless composition schedule and create one of the greatest bodies of work in the history of music. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you to musopen.org for the royalty free music recordings! Much appreciated as always! Music heard in this episode: 1. St John Passion, (ending portion no. 1 Chorus: “Herr, unser Herrscher” 2-4. St. Matthew Passion (chorale selections) 5. Church Cantata no. 86 6. St. John Passion, Part 1.2 7. St. Matthew Passion, selection from Part 2 8. Cantate Profane 9. Partita no. 1 in B-flat major, Prelude 10. St. Matthew Passion, “Erbarme Dich” Special thanks again to pianist Chiara Bertoglio and the wonderful performance of the Partita no. 1 BWV 825 - Allemande.https://musopen.org/music/809/johann-sebastian-bach/partita-no-1-bwv-825/  For educational purposes only.
Ep. 4, The Life of JS Bach, "Old Man Bach, The Twilight of a God" brings us to the end of the great man's life and to the beginning of his immortality. As Bach grew to old age, his music slowly faded out of fashion and appreciation for his great musical achievements diminished. Even so, he would continue his work, dedicated as always to spirits greater than his own, and press on towards musical godhood. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you to musopen.org for the royalty free music! -Art of Fugue, Canone no. 2 "all' ottava" (https://archive.org/details/AOC26B/onclassical_palareti_bach_art-of-fugue_5-ii_canon_in_hypodiapason.mp3) -Cantata “Jesu, der du meine Seele”, BWV 78 - museopen european Archive -Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Aira and var. 1 Shelley Katz, piano -Mass in B minor, Kyrie (opening) -The Musical Offering, Sonata for flute, violin, and keyboard mvt. 2 -The Musical Offering, Ricercar in 6 parts -Mass in B minor, Gloria Material produced all episodes of The GCP are for educational purposes only. 
In Ep. 5, The Life of Fritz Kreisler, pt. I tells the story of Vienna's greatest violinist, Fritz Kreisler, from birth to his marriage in the beginning of the 20th century. His rise to fame was an eventful one and we will see him grow from a normal little boy into a first rate wunderkind. Following the glories of his youth, Kreisler will give up the violin to pursue the medical arts and also do a bit of soldering. But in the end, the call of music was too great and he set his sights once more on a career as a virtuoso violinist. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you as always for the music provided by musopen.org. Works performed in the episode and their performers are... Liebeslied by Fritz Kreisler performed beautifully by Emanuel Salvador - https://musopen.org/music/2800/fritz-kreisler/3-old-viennese-dances/ Symphony no. 3 - Scherzo by Anton Bruckner - unnamed European Orchestra - https://musopen.org/music/983/anton-bruckner/symphony-no-3-in-dm-wab-103/ Flower Duet from Lakme by Leo Delibes performed by - Mosaica - https://musopen.org/music/2742/leo-delibes/lakme-flower-duet/ Beethoven Violin Concerto mvt. 1 - unknown performer - https://musopen.org/music/1056/ludwig-van-beethoven/violin-concerto-in-d-op-61/ Brahms Violin Concerto mvt. 3 performed by Fritz Kreisler himself! - https://musopen.org/music/1064/johannes-brahms/violin-concerto-in-d-op-77/
In Ep. 6, The Life of Fritz Kreisler, Part II tells the story of this great violinist composer's life from 1900 to the end of The First World War. We will see him achieve glory on the concert stage, in composition, and on the battlefield. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you to for archive.org for all the Kreisler! Works and performers for this episode are... 1. Caprice Viennois - Written and performed by Fritz Kreisler (1924) 2. Poeme - Ernst Chausson composer, Jascha Heifetz violin 3. Schön Rosmarin - Written and performed by Fritz Kreisler (1943) 4. Liebesfreud - Written and performed by Fritz Kreisler (1926) 5. Humoresque - by Dvorak arr. Kreisler, Fritz Kreisler violin (1938) 6. Violin Concerto in C in the style of Vivaldi - Written and performed by Kreisler 7. Liebesfreud - by Kreisler arr. Rachmaninov - performed by Rachmaninov 8. Tabourin Chinois - Written and performed by Fritz Kreilser #1, 4, 5, 8 - https://archive.org/details/FRITZKREISLER1875-1962Violin #2 - https://archive.org/details/ChaussonPoemeOp.25heifetzMonteux #3 - https://archive.org/details/FRITZKREISLER-TheseAreMyFavorites-NEWTRANSFER #7 - https://archive.org/details/ViolinConcertoInC
In Ep. 7, The Life of Fritz Kreisler, Part III finishes the story of the great Fritz Kreisler, from the end of the First World War, through his retirement in 1950, and all the way to the twilight of his life. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com The introductory quotation is from the close of Joseph Szigeti’s autobiography of 1947, 'With Strings Attached' - it is telling how Szigeti ends his own autobiography with a story about Kreisler... Thank you to archive.org for all the Kreisler recordings! All works are performed by Kreisler unless otherwise noted. 1. The World is Waiting for Sunrise - by Ernst Seitz arr. Kreisler (1928) 2. Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major op. 61 (cadenza) - by Fritz Kreisler 3. String Quartet in A minor mvt. 2 'Scherzo' - by Fritz Kreisler (1935) - Fritz Kreisler and Thomas Petrie violins, William Primrose viola, Lauri Kennedy cello 4. Sicilliene et Rigaudon (in the style of Francoeur)- by Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz violin 5. Stars in My Eyes from 'Sissy" - by Fritz Kreisler (1946) 6. Songs My Mother Taught Me op. 55 no. 4 - by Antonin Dvorak arr. Kreisler (1928) 7. Beautiful Ohio Waltz - by Mary Earl (1919) 8. Recitative and Scherzo Caprice - by Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz violin 9. Violin Concerto in E minor mvt. 1 - by Felix Mendelssohn 10. Underneath the Stars - by Herbert Spencer (1917) 11. La Gitana - by Fritz Kreisler (1946)
In Ep. 8, The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, 'An Introduction' introduces us to the man who is perhaps the greatest composer in the western classical music tradition. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you to musopen.org for the historical recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony!
Ep. 9 - "A Distant Mirror" begins to paint the portrait of Beethoven's life. We first describe his grandfather, the first Ludwig van Beethoven. This Ludwig was our great composer's lifelong musical idol and the one person he sought to emulate in nearly everything he did. We then meet Beethoven's father, Johann, and explore the first half of the tragedy that was his life. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you to the musicians of musopen.org! Beethoven works played in this episode are... 1. Piano Sonata no. 17 in D minor 'The Tempest' op. 31 no. 2 mvt. 1 performed by Stefano Ligoratti 2. Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major 'Emperor' op. 73 mvt. 1 performed by Ursula Openns and the Dupage Symphony Orchestra https://musopen.org/music/2330/ludwig-van-beethoven/piano-concerto-no-5-in-eb-emperor-op-73/ 3. Contradances WoO 14 no.s 1-3 4. Piano Sonata no. 17 in D minor 'The Tempest' op. 31 no. 2 mvt. 3 performed by Stefano Ligoratti https://musopen.org/music/704/ludwig-van-beethoven/piano-sonata-no-17-in-d-minor-the-tempest-op-31-no-2/ Introductory Poem - excerpt from 'The Song of the Bell' by Friederich von Schiller trans. by Margarete Münsterberg
In Ep. 10 - The Life Of Ludwig van Beethoven, pt. 2 - 'The Dreams Of My Father' we will explore the character of Beethoven's father, Johann, and his impact upon his son's early life. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Introductory poem 'When We Two Parted' by Lord Byron -Music- 1. and 4. Beethoven String Quartet no. 7 mvt. 3 and 4 performed by the Pascal Quartet. 2. Beginning of Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona 3. CPE Bach Variazioni Sulla Follia di Espagna performed by Stefano Ligoratti on piano: https://musopen.org/music/3162/carl-philipp-emanuel-bach/12-variations-on-follies-of-spain-h-263/
In Ep. 11 - "The Sword in the Stone" we explore Beethoven's teenage years, the circumstance that would lead to his first trip to Vienna, and his mythologized meeting with Mozart. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Works heard during the episode in order of appearance: - Beethoven Sonata for Piano op. 10 no. 3 in D major mvt. 1 (Schnabel) - Bach 'The Well Tempered Clavier' Prelude in C# major - Beethoven Sonata for Piano in D major op. 28 'Pastorale" mvt. 2 (Schnabel) - Berlioz 'Harold in Italy'... (The great William Primrose on viola) - Mozart 'Don Giovani' the famous Commendatore Scene - Beethoven String Quartet op. 18 no. 6 in B-flat major (Pascal String Quartet) Music found at https://archive.org
In Ep. 12 - "The Will to Power" we will explore Beethoven's life between the years 1787 and 1792. During these years, Beethoven will overcome personal and professional obstacles so that he might make his way back to Vienna, and pursue his dreams of becoming a virtuoso composer once more. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Music in this episode: - Beethoven String Quartet op. 18 no. 4 in C minor mvt. 1 (development to end) (Pascal String Quartet) - Tchaikovsky 1812 overture... - Haydn - 'Surprise' Symphony no. 94 in G major mvt. 2 - Beethoven - 'Waldstein' Sonata for Piano op. 53 mvt. 1 (Schnabel) - Beethoven - String Quartet op. 18 no. 4 in C minor mvt. 4 (Pascal String Quartet) Found on - https://archive.org All material is meant for educational purposes only.
In Ep. 13 - The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven pt. 5, "The Spirit of Mozart" we see our great composer arrive in Vienna in late 1792, starting out as a student of Haydn and a nobody. But within a few years, Beethoven would make a name for himself in the great music capital, and then try his luck on a tour across Germany. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Music in this episode: 1. Sonata for Piano op. 53 in C major 'Waldstein' - Beethoven 2. 'Eroica' Symphony in E-flat major, middle of mvt. 2 - Beethoven 3. German contradance in C major - Beethoven 4. String Quartet in E-flat major op. 33 no. 2 'The Joke Quartet' - Haydn 5. String Quartet in D major op. 18 no. 3 - Beethoven performed by The Pascal Quartet 6. String Quartet in F minor op. 95 'Serioso' - Beethoven performed by The Pascal Quartet 7. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 2 in B-flat major op. 19 mvt. 3 - Beethoven 8. Piano Trio op. 1 no. 3 in C minor mvt. 1 - Beethoven 9. Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 5 no. 2 mvt. 2 - Beethoven 10. Sonata in F minor op. 2 no. 1 mvt. 3 - Beethoven Found on - https://archive.org and https://musopen.org All material in this episode is meant for educational purposes only. The Great Composers Podcast is a classical music podcast
In Ep. 14 - "Friends and Enemies" we will see Beethoven continue adding to his fame. As a new century dawns however, he will encounter dangerous enemies who will threaten to unseat him as Vienna's top piano virtuoso. But one of these enemies will seek not only to knock off his piano playing crown, but to destroy his life altogether. He will not be able to resist this new threat, and will be forced to choose between a sad, silent artistic oblivion or the absolutism of death. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com All music heard in Episode XIV is by Beethoven unless otherwise noted, and is heard in the following order: 1. Piano Sonata op. 27/2 'Moonlight' mvt. 1 - Schnabel 2. 'Adelaide', Lieder for tenor and piano 3. Piano Sonata op. 27/1 'Sonata Una Quasi Fantasia' mvt. 2 - Schnabel 4. 5th Symphony... 5. Sonata for Violin and Piano op. 12 no. 2 in A major mvt. 1 6. Piano Sonata op. 7 'Grand Sonata' mvt. 1 - Schnabel 7. Piano Sonata op. 13 'Pathetique' mvt. 2 - Schnabel 8. Carl Czerny 'The School of Velocity' op. 299 no. 10 in F major 9. Symphony no. 1 in C major op. 21 mvt. 1 10. String Quartet op. 18/1 in F major mvt. 1 - Pascal Quartet 11. Sonata for Violin and Piano 'Spring' op. 24 mvt. 1 12. Piano Sonata op. 27/2 'Moonlight' mvt. 3 - Schnabel 13. 'Eroica' Variations op. 35 All material in this episode is meant for educational purposes only. The Great Composers Podcast is a classical music podcast
This is an updates episode for The Great Composers Podcast, with a bunch of stuff you might be interested in including my interview with Adam Rodman of the "Bedside Rounds" podcast, and an episode XV teaser at the end! Enjoy! The show returns on Dec. 22nd with The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven pt. 7, just in time to celebrate the 209th anniversary of the monumental concert which saw the premier of the 5th and 6th symphonies, and also the 4th piano concerto. Music: Me playing some Ligeti A variation from the "Eroica" Variations op. 35 The "Eroica" symphony!
In Ep. 15 The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, pt. 7 "A Hero's Life" we explore the Beethoven's life between the years late 1802 and 1808. During that time, the composer would overcome adversity to reach the pinnacle of his career. Masterpieces would fly from his pen and both the man and the legend of Ludwig van Beethoven will be formed. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Music in this episode: -Eroica Variations op. 35, -"Eroica" Symphony no. 3 op. 55 - performed throughout episode by Musopen symphony -Christus am Ölberg -Sonata for Piano and Violin op. 47 "Kreutzer" mvt. 3 - David Oistrahk -Andante Favori -"Appassionata" Sonata for Piano mvt. 3 op. 57 -Leonore Overture no. 3 -Quartet op. 59 no. 1 "Razumovsky" mvt. 1, 2 -Symphony no. 6 "Pastoral" mvt. 1 -Symphony no. 5 "Grand Symphony" mvt. 4
In Ep. 16, The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven pt. 8 "The Witch in the Wood" our great hero will ride triumphant into 1809. Though it began well enough for Beethoven, 1809 was to be a bad year for Austria. Defeat on the battlefield, a depressed economy, and a deeply wounded national pride would touch all of her citizens. As his country declined, so in a way did Beethoven. He would compose less and less, but what he did write was still of the highest quality. We close this episode in the summer of 1812, which saw Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia, and Beethoven's disastrous love affair with the Immortal Beloved come to an end. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com All material in this episode is meant for educational purposes only. Thank you to musopen.org! Introductory Poem: The Consolation of Philosophy, bk. 1 - Boethius trans. Victor Watts Music in order: 'Apassionata' Piano Sonata in F minor op. 57 mvt. 3 'Emperor' Concerto for Piano in E-flat op. 72 mvt. 1 Cello sonata in A major op. 69 mvt. 2 'Les Adieux' Piano sonata in E-flat op. 81a mvt. 1 Mozart Requiem Lacrimosa arr. for piano by Franz Liszt!!! 'Harp' Quartet in E-flat op. 74 mvt. 1 - Pascal Quartet Egmont overture - Musopen Symphony aka the Czech Philharmonic 'Serioso' Quartet in F minor op. 95 mvt. 3 - Pascal Quartet 'Archduke' Piano Trio op. 97 mvt. 1 - Rubinstein, Heifetz, Feuermann Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92 mvt. 2
In Ep. 17 "The Ill-Made Knight" we investigate the mystery surrounding the Immortal Beloved letters, and discuss several theories which attempt to identify who she was. We then continue to parallel the lives of Beethoven and Napoleon Bonaparte, and see that the events of 1812 would hurdle both men towards destruction. Only one of them however met ruin, while the other eventually transcended the difficulties of his life to become greatness renewed. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com All material in this episode is meant for educational purposes only. Music in order of play: Symphony no. 7 in A Major mvt. 2 Allegretto "An Die Ferne Geliebte" (To the Distant Beloved)pt. 6 Wellington's Victory "Battle" Symphony no. 7 in A Major mvt. 4 Symphony no. 3 'Eroica' in E-flat Major mvt. 2, March Funebre Piano Sonata no. 29 in B-flat Major mvt. 3, performed by Federic Rzewski
In Ep. 18a, Beethoven pt. 10 "The Candle in the Wind", first part of our massive grand finale(!) we start Beethoven on the last leg of his life. As a new father, and aging man with ill health, life would become more and more difficult for our great composer. His compositional life would prove more cumbersome as well, as massive new works that took a considerable amount of time to complete were now at the forefront of his mind: the "Hammerklavier" Sonata, the Missa Solemnis, the Diabelli Variations, and of course the Ninth Symphony in D minor. ---------------- For all things GCP Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! The App!  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-great-composers-the-gcp/id1465809545?fbclid=IwAR0tQTElluT8I3jn6SYFcQst70IY0Ym52LjEz1Z3DR11oq5ZGDLV_URNyHk&ls=1 Like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ A complete bibliography for all episodes can be found on my website: www.kevinnordstrom.com Introductory poem: "The Consolation of Philosophy" Boethius bk. 1, pg. 18-19, trans. Victor Watts (Penguin Books 1999, London.) Music heard in this episode in order of appearance: 1. String Quartet in A minor mvt. 5 op. 132 - Pascal Quartet 2. String Quartet in A minor mvt. 3 (selection) op. 132 - Pascal Quartet 3. Sonata for Piano in B-flat major op. 106, "Hammerklavier"  4. Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op. 120, "theme" - Neal O'Doan, piano 5. Sonata for Piano in C minor op. 111, mvt. 1 (selection) - Neal O'Doan 6-9. Symphony in D minor op. 125, mvt. 1-4 (selections) https://archive.org/details/BeethovenQuartetNo.15InAMinorOp.132 https://musopen.org/music/33466-diabelli-variations-op-120/ https://musopen.org/music/57-piano-sonata-no-32-in-cm-op-111/ All productions of The Great Composers Podcast are intended for educational purposes only. The Great Composers Podcast is a classical music podcast
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The Sun ☀️

Great podcast 👏

Aug 13th
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ssaneei

like it!

Jan 13th
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Peyman Noorbakhsh

many thanks for this valuable podcast. unfortunately I'm not very good at English and looked for scripts. could I have some?

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