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Listen To the Hiroshima Symphony

You can’t truly understand the subject of “Ghosts of Hiroshima,” our podcast episode, without giving a listen to the Hiroshima Symphony. Here is a recording of the Japan Philharmonic performing Masao Ohki’s most famous work, followed by notes from the American Record Guide (as printed on the Naxos website). Listen to the Hiroshima Symphony: Notes …

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Listen to the “Santa Claus Symphony” by William Henry Fry (1813-1864)

https://www.youtube.com/embed/dkoDYsrNUyI You already know about the American composer from episode 7 of Backstage Podcast, and you can also listen to Leonora by William Henry Fry on our website (we’ve included some biographical info). Fun Fact: The Santa Claus Symphony was the first orchestral work to use the saxophone. While it only takes 26 minutes to …

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The Playwright of the Original “Barber of Seville” Was First a Famous Watchmaker

Remember “The Most Interesting Man In The World” (otherwise known as the single greatest act of advertising in recent memory)? He could go anywhere, do anything, and be anything he wanted to be. Yes, the Dos Equis guy was a fictional character created to sell beer. But the subject of this article was indeed a …

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What is the Devil in Music

You’ve heard plenty about the devilish underside of music on Backstage Podcast. We’ve covered the “Devil’s Trill Sonata,” and we’ve opined about the mysterious post-death experience of Nicolai Paganini. Our most recent episode deals with the creepy (and fun) “Dance of Death.” And now, we bring to you the most devilish thing of all… “The …

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