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Shostakovich: Symphony Number 5 - Testimony - A Telling Opening Theme

Few pieces in history have been so dependent on historical context. Contemporary writings by Shostakovich’s family, friends, colleagues, even some by the composer himself, help us understand the dramatic personal, professional and political forces that shaped his message.


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October 2009
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Tchaikovsky’s Story

This pictorial presentation of the key events in Tchaikovsky’s life, find out more about how his place in history was shared by his contemporary composers, and defined by world events.


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June 2004
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Beethoven: Revolutionary Ties

Discover more about 18th century Vienna and the events and influences that helped shape Beethoven and his music.


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October 2006
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Stravinsky: The Players Behind
The Rite of Spring

Of the Rite of Spring, Diaghilev’s ballet master Enrico Cecchetti was quoted as saying “I think the entire thing was done by four idiots.” Learn more about the four men behind The Rite of Spring – Stravinsky, the composer; Roerich, the designer; Diaghilev, the empresario; and Nijinsky, the choreographer.


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November 2006
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Copland: Could it Be Modern?

A scrapbook timeline exploring the themes and roots of modernism in Copland’s early music.


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November 2006
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Copland: In Search of the American Sound

See and hear a chronicle of Copland’s life—from his roots in Brooklyn, to the travels abroad, to the influences that shaped his music.


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November 2006
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Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: The Premiere's Story

May 29, 1913, a night that will be forever infamous as a night so chaotic, so outrageous that it incited a riot. Learn more about the events as they transpired at the première of Le Sacre du Printemps that night at Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.


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November 2006
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